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It took forever, but Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s czar of discipline handed out two additional suspensions to the Pittsburgh Penguins late on Tuesday night.
James Neal was suspended for 1 game by the NHL for leaving his skates to hit two separate Flyers.
James Neal, the 40-goal scorer who took two separate runs at Flyers Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux 42 seconds apart in Game 3 will be suspended for game 4. Neal left his skates twice and clearly targeted the heads of both players. Even though he had been suspended and warned before in his career, Neal skated with only one game.
Former Flyer Arron Asham, who cross-checked Brayden Schenn in the upper chest, near his throat, then leaned down and punched Schenn as he laid on the ice
Arron Asham was suspended for 4 games for his high cross-check of Brayden Schenn. Arron Asham will miss the remainder of the 1st round of the playoffs.
was suspended for 4 games and will be out for the remainder of the series , even if it is to go 7 games.
Asham is known as a tough guy, but has never been fined or suspended in his 13 year career. I’m slightly confused as to how a guy with an extensive record who had TWO hearings because he was involved in two separate dirty hits gets to walk with a one game suspension, whereas a guy with no history and a 13 year career gets 4 games. Both offenses were outrageously dirty. But that is the new NHL. Apparently, Shanahan didn’t want the Pens to be without a 40-goal scorer for more than one game.
The Penguins will also be without Craig Adams, who was suspended for receiving an instigator penalty with less than 5 minutes left in the game. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was also fined $10,000 for the incident under mandatory league rules.
The Flyers will attempt to close out the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Pens tonight in Philadelphia, after a series of improbable comebacks and disciplined play. The Flyers lead the series 3-0 over the heavy favorites. The Penguins were the odds on favorite to win the Stanley Cup entering this series.
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After the mayhem that was game 3 the Penguins will be without 3 forwards tonight for a critical game 4.
James Neal will be suspended for one game after two consecutive hits he placed on Flyers players in the third period on Sunday.
Craig Adams will be suspended also for one game for instigating a fight in the third period on Sunday.
Aaron Asham will be suspended for 4 games after...
Pittsburgh Penguins James Neal and Arron Asham face disciplinary hearings with the NHL Tuesday for hits during Sunday's physical Game 3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Neal faces possible punishment for a hit late in the third period on rookie Sean Couturier, who had turned his head after passing the puck.
Neal received no penalty on the play, but was assessed a charging penalty...
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James Neal will be taking a seat next to fellow Penguins pugilist Arron Asham for Game 4 between the Penguins and Flyers. Neal has been suspended for one game for his dirty hits in Game 3. In one shift, Neal took out both Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux with a high, late hits, which can be seen in the video below.
Finally, Brendan Shanahan is going to send a message in these chippy, sometimes dirty NHL playoffs. The NHL dean of discipline has ruled to indefinitely suspend all panes of glass after one fell on David Krejci in Game 1 of the Bruins' series with the Capitals. Of course, that's a joke, but with Shanahan and the NHL, you never know. Check out this humorous video, though.
Nothing we can say on this blog that hasn't been said already elsewhere.
NHL is in a cultural breakdown of violence, Pens will be without Adams, Asham, and James Neal for game 4.
Hossa taken out of Game 3 of his series on a stretcher tonight. Unbelievable ****.
The Penguins will determine tomorrow evening if they have a handle on reality and we'll be there either watching...
Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal was suspended one game and Arron Asham four contests by the NHL for their actions during Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
Neal belted rookie Sean Couturier during the third period before he was whistled for a charging penalty against All-Star Claude Giroux later in the session...
The Flyers-Penguins series has been a series for the ages already. With so much happening, especially in yesterday’s slug fest at the Wells Fargo Center, it was kind of hard to keep everything straight.
There were things that happened in that game that I have never seen before. Rules were enacted that I didn’t even know existed. I suppose that’s a testament to the freaky nature...
Here are some stats for you heading into tonight's Game 4 matchup between the Flyers and Penguins (courtesy of Sam Carchidi, @BroadStBull):
-In a total of 90 playoff series since 2006, there have only been 13 sweeps (14%)
-The Flyers are 3-6 all-time in games where they have an opportunity to sweep.
-James Neal and Sidney Crosby lead the Penguins with 5 points a piece in this...
It was to be expected that disciplinary actions were going to take place following Game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. However, not many expected what would ultimately be an excrutiatingly baffling decision on the part of NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan. Following [...]
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