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James Neal fined for being slew footed by P.K. Subban

Nov 29, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

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In a perfect news vacuum, the story of James Neal being fined $2,500 by the NHL for his high sticking incident with P.K. Subban would likely just be a blip on the radar. You know, guy does something wrong, gets busted, pays fine – end of story.

It’s not quite the same in this instance for Neal, however, as the one reason he wound up conking Subban in the head is because Subban slew-footed Neal.

Thanks to the guys at The Pensblog, you can see for yourself how Subban kicked out Neal’s foot causing him to lose balance and tumble to the ice. In the process of doing that he hits Subban with his stick as he falls. Neal was given a high sticking minor on the play while Subban went unpenalized.


We know that the referees and Brendan Shanahan are doing their best here, but this is one play where they could’ve let Neal slide without punishment and perhaps given Subban a talking to instead. At the very least, given how that game played out and with Max Pacioretty‘s suspension, the rest of their meetings this season should be a joy.

  1. jcantwell82 - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Subban slewfooted Hartnell from the Flyers the other night, too. He’s known for doing it, so how does the NHL miss that?

    • hockeyfan1701 - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      Just ask Jordan Staal about Subban’s skates, I am sure he can tell you a thing or two as well. Amazing how he has not got a “sit down” for his skate actions.

  2. cannonblast14 - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Its 2,500 dollars, i think Neil can afford it without giving a shit that he got the fine. Undeserved, but i dont think he cares

    • alfienation - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      Doubt this is whether he can afford it or not, it is about the principle that the NHL and Shanahan have no idea what they’re doing..this is a joke

    • rendy0212 - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Yes but now he can be considered a repeat offender.

  3. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    I love the reaction by Subban after as well…wait, aren’t Canadiens known to take dives and embellish hits?

    Seriously, Shanaban needs to get this under control.

  4. murraychadwick - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Yes Subban slew footed him and yes it is a dirty play. With that being said, Neal knew exactly what he was doing and anybody who’s ever played hockey knows it too. I don’t disagree with what Neal did trying to play it off as a fall, especially since he knew what Subban did was a bush play. However, Shanny and every other person in hockey knows he meant to do it so that is why he got the minor fine.

    • t16rich - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      I am with you on the point slewfoots are dirty and anyone who played hockey would know that. Yes. Slewfoots are for chumps. P.K. is a constant user of slewfoots and should be dealt with physically and disciplinary. With that being said any hockey player would not justify swinging your stick like a samurai sword as Neal does here. This isn’t Tim McCracken vs Killer Carlson. I wish it was, but it just isn’t.

  5. bcs1283 - Nov 29, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    In other news, Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith fined for being stepped on by Ndamukong Suh. Oh wait…

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