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:
— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) December 9, 2014
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.”