Tempers flared during Ottawa’s 4-3 OT win over Vancouver on Sunday when Chris Neil took a few late swings at Derek Dorsett during their second-period scrap, and don’t see to have cooled off any:
The fight in question:
After the game, Dorsett went off on Neil.
“I’ve talked to many guys around the league and they say [Neil’s] stupid and just proves it tonight,” he said, per Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. “Guy has been playing in the league over 10 years, has well over a thousand penalty minutes and you’d think he’d have a little bit of class.
“First period he asked me to fight and I tell him no I have a bad hand. He keeps coming after me and coming after me and finally I fight him. Pretty even fight and I fall down and he gets two punches in. The refs in there and it’s just uncalled for. Then he gives it the junior move and starts waving on their fans. It’s just Chris Neil in a nutshell.”
This isn’t the first time Neil’s gotten into a war of words stemming from an on-ice issue. Last season, Neil got into a tussle with Detroit forward Johan Franzen, then fired back after Frazen accused Neil of trying to start scraps when games are essentially over.
“[Franzen] wants to drop his purse, take the lipstick out, put it on his lips and ‘Let’s go,'” Neil said. He also called Franzen “gutless.”
Derek Dorsett and Chris Neil traded blows early in the second period of Ottawa’s 4-3 overtime victory against Vancouver. Dorsett wasn’t pleased with Neil’s actions towards the end of the fight as the Senators forward continued to throw punches while Dorsett was falling to the ice.
“I’ve talked to many guys around the league and they say he’s stupid and just proves it tonight,” Dorsett said, per Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. “Guy has been playing in the league over 10 years, has well over a thousand penalty minutes and you’d think he’d have a little bit of class.
“First period he asked me to fight and I tell him no I have a bad hand. He keeps coming after me and coming after me and finally I fight him. Pretty even fight and I fall down and he gets two punches in. The refs in there and it’s just uncalled for. Then he gives it the junior move and starts waving on their fans it’s just Chris Neil in a nutshell.”
Neil is certainly no stranger to controversy. The 35-year-old with 2,265 penalty minutes in 882 contests got into a war of words with Johan Franzen in February when the Red Wings forward accused Neil of trying to step up when games are essentially over to avoid taking “heat from fans and coaches.” In response to Neil trying to pick a fight with him late in the third period of a 6-1 victory. Neil fired back by saying he’s willing to fight Franzen at any time.
“He wants to drop his purse, take the lipstick out, put it on his lips and ‘Let’s go,'” Neil said. He also called Franzen “gutless.”
As for Sunday’s incident, Neil and Dorsett were both given fighting majors and 10-minute misconducts. You can see what happened below:
The Ottawa Senators have been in a free fall since early November, but for one night at least, they were able to catch an updraft. Vancouver had a commanding 3-0 lead early in the second period, but Ottawa bounced back to earn a 4-3 overtime victory.
Mika Zibanejad, 21, deserve a lot of credit for the Senators’ comeback as he contributed two goals and two assists.
Zibanejad is now on a four-game point streak and has 13 points in 25 contests this season. Defenseman Erik Karlsson is on a three-game point streak after scoring his seventh marker of 2014-15 to secured the extra point in overtime.
“The lesson we take is that we were in control and we took ourselves out of it with penalties,” Kevin Bieksa said, per the Canucks’ Twitter feed. The Senators had seven power-play opportunities tonight and Bieksa was personally responsible for two of them.
Eddie Lack enjoyed a shutout streak of 98:03 minutes and while he did end up allowing four goals tonight, he also turned aside 41 shots.
With this victory Ottawa has ended its five-game losing streak. That skid was just the latest for Ottawa during a 3-8-3 stretch from Nov. 8 through Saturday’s loss to Pittsburgh. The Senators got off to a hot start to the season though and consequently haven’t dug themselves into a massive hole yet.
Radim Vrbata has been a big part of the Vancouver Canucks’ turnaround following their disappointing 2013-14 campaign and that trend continued tonight as he scored the first goal of their game against the Ottawa Senators in style.
Vrbata found himself with an unobstructed view of Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, but the netminder was well positioned to make the save, so rather than fire a shot, Vrbata charged forward, managed to outmaneuver Anderson and guide the puck into the net.
You can see his impressive work below:
Just over a minute later, Vrbata got an assist on Kevin Bieksa’s goal to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead that they carried into the first intermission.
All the latest from the blue paint…
The Anaheim Ducks will now trot out Frederik Andersen for a 15th consecutive game. He’s been in net in every contest since Nov. 7, and that patience is paying off lately, as Anaheim’s on a three-game winning streak.
(It almost feels like they could dress Dwayne Roloson as their backup each night and no one would really notice the difference.)
This is a starting situation to witness, as it seemed like the Ducks would enjoy one of the most even platoons in the league. John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera getting injured changed that in a hurry, however.
Andersen’s facing a team that’s enjoyed surprisingly stout goaltending so far in the Winnipeg Jets. It’s not certain, but it seems most likely that Ondrej Pavelec will face the Ducks.
Red Wings at Hurricanes: Petr Mrazek will probably start, Cam Ward could go if he’s healthy.
Canucks at Senators: Most likely Eddie Lack, while Craig Anderson’s a sure thing.
Sharks at Oilers: Probably Alex Stalock vs. Viktor Fasth.