VIDEO: James Neal Suspended for Five Games for Kneeing

The NHL has suspended Penguins James Neal for five games for kneeing Bruins Brad Marchand in the head.

Do you think the suspension length is the right length, not enough, or too much?

13 Comments

  1. Anthony

    December 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    for someone who never has been in trouble before I thought 5 was to much, I figured 3 at most. You can tell the Concussion lawsuit may make suspensions even longer now. I fully expect Thorton to get 15-20 games at least.

  2. Anthony

    December 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Should have watched video first. I never knew Neal had been in trouble before. Just a ugly game the other night. UGLY

  3. Art

    December 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    5 games is about right if he is not a repeat offender. However he has been suspended twice already.

  4. Shane

    December 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Neal is a dirty player. He only got 5 games because Marchand wasn’t seriously hurt.

  5. hotwings

    December 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    i thought it would be 5… NHL needed to crack the whip as this play was an embarrassment to the game..

  6. Dam

    December 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Sindy gets away with a tripping penalty and Neal gets away with a real suspension.. Oh the NHL loves the penguins too much

  7. Dave

    December 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Good to see Neal get suspended. That was way more dirty and dangerous then Thornton’s antics and that’s all anyone wanted to talk about. I actually would of been happier of Neal had gotten longer, like 10 games. It was intentional and could of seriously injured Marchand(even though I don’t care for Marchand).

  8. alex

    December 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    i think the pens get special treatment, and thats not rite. the officiating is bad all over the nhl butesp. were pitts. is involved and every time somethin happins crosby always got to cry bout it..makes me sick

  9. francois

    December 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Way too much for Neal, Hopefully this will mean that Asshole sorry i mean Thorton will get 15, 20 on a defenseless ORPIK AND TO ALL THE JAMES NEAL HATERS, IT WAS NOT SO BAD if you guys would watch a pens game and not just on tsn or cbc cheap shots like this happens quite abit with philly or boston and that little dick marchand deserves worse so wtv.

  10. francois

    December 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Hey people i HAVE A QUESTION was gretzky treated half as bad as Crosby or Mario because if he did he would have been nothing and retired early so blah blah on the pens special treatment they play harder than most teams and if their was special treatment they would have 8 to 10 powerplays a game and they do not they are lucky when they get 4….. one game for instance against the habs last year 5 times gallager high sticked someone in the face and not one call and pacioretty cheap shots Letang(concussion misses 1 month) 2 min penalty wow on special treatment.

  11. D

    December 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    its not exactly fair to say that gretzky was treated half as bad. there was an unwritten rule that you wouldnt hit gretzky, but thats only because you couldnt hit him. gretzky was the master of rolling off checks, so it got to the point where the opposition realized they couldnt do shit about it, so they stopped trying. thats what separates gretzky from crosby. lemieux was big enough so he could defend himself

  12. RexR

    December 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Brutal hit, intentional, 5 games is the minimum. No place in the game for hits like that. But I’d subtract 2 games because it was Marchand.

  13. B's Forever

    December 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Apparently Francois is a bit dense. What Thornton did was way over the line and he will get 8-10 for being an absolute goon. However, Neal is a dirty player and this cannot be ignored. He’s already been suspended for targeting Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. It’s disgusting that one player would use his knee to skate through another player’s head regardless of the team they play for. You also talk about “cheap shots” what about the slash from Dupuis that broke Kelly’s ankle? No penalty on that one at all.