Dorsett upset that while falling ‘stupid’ Neil took ‘uncalled for’ punch


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:

Giordano on his visor: ‘I’ll try to get used to it’


Flames captain Mark Giordano is wearing a visor, for now.

The defenseman had a close call Saturday night after Chris Neil’s stick caught him near his left eye.

Giordano left for repairs, which included stitches on his eyelid, and came back sporting a visor.

“It was close — a close call,” Giordano told the Calgary Herald. “But nothing (damaged on) the actual eye, so that’s a good thing. The stitches are on the outside — it didn’t go through (the eyelid) or anything.”

Flames coach Bob Hartley would like to see all his players wear a visor.

“We’re in an era right now when the game is so quick — pucks are flying, sticks are flying — you need to protect your eyes,” he said. “I would like everyone to wear a visor.”

Giordano was part of a group of six Flames not wearing a visor. Dennis Wideman, Brian McGrattan, Brandon Bollig and Deryk Engelland currently don’t wear one.

“It’s just personal preference. They fog up and get water on them from time to time. So that’s a bit of a bother,” Giordano said. “But I’ll try it again because it was pretty close to being a bad eye injury. And I don’t want to, obviously, put myself at risk if I don’t have to. I’ll try to get used to it over the next few weeks.”

Any rookie entering the NHL now must wear a visor part of new rules, which grandfather them in for first year players – something Giordano is in favor of.

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Giordano. “I just think certain guys — myself included — for whatever reason, it was tough to get used to it. I’m going to try it again. Hopefully, I can keep it on for good.”

Video: Neil gets his stick up on Giordano (Updated)

Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil high sticked Flames Mark Giordano on the follow through after a dump in catching the defenseman near the eye.

There was no penalty on the play since it was on the follow through. Giordano has left the game.


Giordano has returned wearing a visor. He received four stitches near his left eye.


Chris Neil forgot about that time he told Johan Franzen to drop his purse and put lipstick on


You may remember a brief skirmish from February between Chris Neil and Johan Franzen, in which Franzen said Neil “usually shows up when the game is over and tries to be the hero,” to which Neil responded by calling Franzen gutless before suggesting he “drop his purse, take the lipstick out, put it on his lips.”

But you know who doesn’t remember it?

Chris Neil.


“I forgot about that,” Neil said. “This is a new year. We have more important things than that. We have to worry about getting two points. This doesn’t change my style of game; just go out and play the way that I do.”

Asked if the hostility might be rekindled, Franzen said, “We’ll see. It’s up to him.

“I know what he’s doing and he’s been doing that for a long time, and he’s been doing a great job of doing it.”

Neil fights numerous times a season. Franzen doesn’t fight. Asked how he will respond if Neil challenges him, Franzen said, “Hopefully he gets a penalty and I don’t.”

In Neil’s defense (for forgetting), I forgot about this too. I had to go back and watch the video:

Fun stuff. That was the final meeting between the two clubs last year, meaning tomorrow night’s tilt in Ottawa will be the first time Franzen and Neil have met since all that went down. And much like the last time they met, Franzen is coming off an injury (groin, not a concussion as earlier stated — he returned on Sunday after a six-game absence) so it’s unlikely he’ll want to engage in any shenanigans.

Yes, shenanigans.

Sens won’t name captain ’til after camp, but Phillips wants it


Ottawa won’t announce its third captain in as many seasons until the end of training camp, but one player is already throwing his hat in the ring.

“I’d love to have it,” veteran d-man Chris Phillips said, per the Ottawa Sun. “I said that last year and nothing’s changed.”

Phillips, 36, has spent his entire 16-year career in Ottawa and re-upped with the club on a two-year, $5 million extension in March. That’ll keep him in the Canadian capital through 2016, and given the instability surrounding Ottawa’s captaincy in recent years, there is a thought Phillips — who’s served as an alternate for several seasons — could be the guy moving forward.

In fact, Phillips was a touch disappointed he didn’t get the “C” last year, which eventually went to Jason Spezza.

“I wanted that responsibility, I wanted that role,” he said. “I think it’s quite an honor to be a captain in the NHL. So to say I wasn’t disappointed, it would be a lie.

“At the same time, Spezz wasn’t the wrong pick, he was the other pick. I said then, I’ll say it again, he was deserving of it as well.”

With Spezza now in Dallas, Phillips and fellow veteran Chris Neil appear to be two of the leading candidates for captain, though the likes of Erik Karlsson and Clarke MacArthur will likely garner consideration as well.