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Video: Chris Neil’s knee-on-knee on Chris Kelly

Mar 11, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

Earlier on Monday, Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid delivered a questionable hit on Ottawa Senators tough guy Chris Neil. One period later, Neil’s knee-to-knee on Chris Kelly also left hockey fans debating its legality on Twitter:

(Video via SBNation, as you can probably see.)

It’s unclear how serious Kelly’s knee issue might be, but he needed help off the ice, according to’s Joe Haggerty. All Bruins head coach Claude Julien could say is that Kelly will travel with the team for their next game against the Penguins, although his participation is far from guaranteed.

Neil didn’t receive a penalty for the hit.

Monday’s game seems rife with controversial checks, as many might wonder if Milan Lucic went over the line with a blow he landed on Zack Smith later on in the second period.

  1. rpiotr01 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Neil is hockey filth. No place on a professional roster for trash like him, and it boggles my mind that the same organization that signs checks for Daniel Alfredsson also signs checks for this scum.

    • sabatimus - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      The reason Neil is still on hockey rosters (and the same team for the last 10 years) is because he has skill. If he were just a guy who picks up penalties (e.g. John Scott) he wouldn’t be around in the NHL this long. Personally I couldn’t tell if the Kelly was dirty or not. I wasn’t pleased to see Kelly have to be helped off the ice…this probably means we’ll be seeing Spooner (or at least Pandolfo).

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    It was intentional and he tried to get pay back for Mcquaid pinning him.

  3. habsman - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Do Bruin fans ever get tired of being hypocrites?

    Marchand, Ferrence, Chara, McQuaid, Thornton, Horton etal, all sucker puncher, cheap shot artist, and flopper. And you complain about Neil? Ha, good one.

    • amerika1313 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Ignore all the history and what you see as dirty Bruins play for a minute. As a fan of the game, do you think that Neil’s hit was ok? We’re not talking about the abtract here. We’re talking about one hit that looked very much like a dirty, knee-on-knee hit.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Except it wasn’t a dirty hit

    • nopuntintended - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Do not never tire of spewing your rhetoric?

    • madtolive5 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Get over yourself

    • lordstanley65 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Same old song…is this the only real attention you get in life, being a troll whom no one really takes seriously? I guess even negative attention is attention, right? And speaking of hypocrisy, I guess the dive Deharnais took the other night was ok,huh? Too bad they tagged him for it. Get used to that sort of thing Habs. NHL has your number.

      • habsman - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        They tagged him for it, but it wasn’t a dive.

        Have you seen the THREE web videos showing diving and embellishment by the Bruins? People are actually laughing at your hypocracy.

        Good luck with that going forward.

      • lordstanley65 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Only three? You’re kidding right? I could make three videos like that from a single Montreal game at any time. And you know it. Keep laughing from Momma’s basement.

      • drewzducks - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    • govtminion - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:49 AM


    • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3]

      Please just stop replying to him

    • ken1313 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      spoken like a true Montreal Canadiens fan…..your team is an embarrassment to the NHL….the REA: Canadian Diving Team resides in the Bell Center
      Shawn Thornton is a clean hockey player. Chara plays the game right…..sorry that your pansy fans up there seem to think he is dirty…not the case. Marchand definitely has a dirty side….but it was adressed by the coaches and he no longer plays that way. Horton? Are you high? Ference? same question. Please dude…look in your blue Blanc and rouge colored mirror before you toss that bullsh*t around. Wahhhhhhhhhhhh

    • fitzy187 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      I head habsman sucks guys off for fun. He loves the penis.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    The knee was incidental. Neil’s okay…he’s settled down and holds his ground; I’ve got no beef with Chris. I must have missed something when they were handing out halos to the likes of Alfredsson however? Only in Canada can a guy like Daniel Alfredsson crosscheck Zac Rinaldo twice in the face, then have Don Cherry telling ‘all you kids out there’ that it’s exemplary behaviour from a team leader, this on national television [ scant weeks earlier, Cherry was defending Rinaldo ]?

    • valoisvipers - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      I agree HCBear The collision was incidental.

  5. razorbyrd - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I can’t comment in the knee-to-knee hit, I didn’t see it… but I WILL say this, the Bruins get dirtier by the year…

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Thanks for your valuable contribution here

    • dboldave - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Some say they are dirty and others would call them tough. Usually it’s the fans of players who get lit up by one of the Bruins that say it was dirty!

  6. jimw81 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    it’s a retaliation move.

  7. arbruins - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I don’t believe the hit was dirty. I hope the injury is not serious…Habsman is a mindless twit! He needs some new material…that is of course if Habsman is really a man.

  8. nicknyhc - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Neil is a punk and pulled a punk move and got the knee out. How the first announcer can call this a “hip to hip” check is unreal. He’s definitely wearing the hometown goggles.

    • sabatimus - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Somebody actually said it was a hip to hip check? Who or what station? Brickley and Edwards on NESN thought it was a knee hit, but they fell short of condemning it categorically because it may have been an accident.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Not sure how you can think this was intentional, Neil even pulls his knee inwards toward his body as they collide.

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      That’s what I saw, too.

      Those two guys are also friends who train together in the off season. It’s doubtful Neil did this intentionally. His history (rightfully) puts plays like this under a microscope.

  10. betrayedbylife - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    habsman is such an entertaining guy (possibly gal). a bruin could take one of his garbage team’s players out to a nice steak dinner and he would be on here saying it should have been a trip, cheap hit, sucker punch or dive. habsman would defend hitler if he wore white, blue and red.

  11. mpops86 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Straightened the knee and looked right at Kelly. Not a fan of this hit. Retaliation for McQuaid’s questionable dumping of him in the corner.

    Also, the Lucic “hit” was entirely accidental – two guys skating in orbit around the puck and they just crashed in to each other.

  12. govtminion - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Even as a B’s fan… I’m not seeing it. Maybe I need to watch it on a bigger screen, to be fair.

  13. dboldave - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    I don’t think it was intentional and I’m hoping the B’s don’t lose Kelly for an extended period of time.

  14. hy3rid28 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    getting over it bruins fans there was nothing wrong with this play, there definitly wont be a hearing for this

  15. sjsharks66 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Looked like kelly tried to hip check neil… Did not go very well. Its unfortunate that kelly got hurt. Not neils fault though.

  16. 950003cups - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    EVERYONE stop complaining. Because:

    Until the league gets rid of Matt Cooke, the Chris Neil’s of the league will be welcomed

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