The Pittsburgh Penguins’ James Neal was involved in two questionable plays during Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. As a result, Neal had separate hearings with Brendan Shanahan about his hits on Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux. The result is that Neal got a one-game suspension. You can review the incidents and listen to Shanahan’s explanation below:
The bottom line is that, with the Penguins down 3-0 in their series, they will be missing one of their top players in Game 4 on Wednesday. They will also be without Arron Asham, who received a four-game suspension. What’s your take on Neal’s one-game suspension?
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day