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Report: Neil won’t be disciplined for his head hit on Boyle

Apr 22, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

Chris Neil, Brian Boyle AP

Senators tough guy forward Chris Neil has a bit of a bad reputation around the league. Seeing his hit on New York’s Brian Boyle last night that wound up giving Boyle a concussion, the talk today was over whether or not Neil would hear from the league.

According to both Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos and Renaud Lavoie of RDS, Neil will not have a date with Brendan Shanahan. According to Kypreos, Neil’s hit is almost the exact opposite of the one Raffi Torres delivered to knock out Marian Hossa and earn himself a 25-game suspension.

Kypreos says Neil’s hit wasn’t late, he didn’t leave his feet to make contact with Boyle, and the head wasn’t the principle point of contact. With all of those points being big ones for deciding to take action, Neil’s hit passes the test regardless of how ugly it looked.

The hit left Rangers coach John Tortorella steamed up saying it was just as bad as Torres’ hit on Hossa. You can’t fault a coach for trying to use politics and earn an edge for his team. The Sens, meanwhile, will now have Neil in the lineup for Game 6 as they look to eliminate the top seeded Rangers.

  1. dclogicatlast - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Agreed, clean hit.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      It goes to show how far the “completely clueless the never played hockey in their lives but have an opinion” types are out of touch with what is acceptable in hockey.

      1 Boyle is not a skilled player, which means there is a different standard
      (cry all you want about this fact of life, life is not black and white, get over it)

      2 Never left his feet

      3 Just finished shooting the puck and had his head down

      4 Didn’t take strides before contact aka no charging

      Of course the league isn’t suspending Neil

  2. gaborik104life - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    No reason for anything additional. My guess is Rupp will step up and challenge him to a fight. At best it was a two minute minor. The hit Rupp gave that resulted in a penalty was a lot less than this though

  3. habsman - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Not a Neil fan, but what is this “bad reputation” you’re talking about. I don’t think he’s been suspended once since he entered the league.

  4. sens101 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    clean hit. Just an attempt by Torterella to take the focus of the rangers

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Good clean hit.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I think he’s only been fined once in career, like 2003 maybe? Otherwise no issues.

  7. amonte13 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    On what planet was the head not the principle point of contact? Are they really going to suggest he grazed his shoulder before trying to turned his brains to mush? Is a high stick not a high stick if it catches another body part on the way up? Unreal.

  8. amonte13 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    BTW, Kypreos’ head was the PPOC when Ryan vanDanbusche turned his head to mush, apparently his vision was affected as well.

  9. mgp1219 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Hey Yerdon,

    Have some integrity and stop trying to create a controversy with words like “head hit” in your headline when you know full well that it definitely was not a head hit.

  10. amonte13 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM
    • barkar942 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      And didn’t they say a couple of years back that East-West blindside hits also were another factor?

    • elguapo12 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      Thanks for clarifying. Boyle lowered his head. That’s his responsibility, not Neil’s.

  11. dmfc1112 - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Isn’t that one of the first rules hockey players learn?? Skate with your head up?? Perfect hit.

  12. jaybyrd99 - Apr 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    seriously how was neil’s hit different than pacioretty’s hit on letang for which he was suspended 3 games. they look very similar to me.guy comes across the middle ,shoots,head down,gets hit in the head east-west . was the max suspension wrong ? shanny says it’s the checkers responsibility not to target the head. boyle’s head was hit as was letang’s .very similar play.

    • villi5ed - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Thank you. Will the NHL make the connection? Hah —- more likely that JFK will be
      found alive and well in Vegas.

      What happens with Canadian teams in this pathetic league’s councils stays within
      this pathetic league’s councils.

      No excuse. There is a precedent and it will be ignored. Calling Vince McMahon.

  13. thehighcountrybear - Apr 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    And the band played on…

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