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Video: Chris Neil charges Simon Despres

Apr 22, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

As expected, there’s been some rough stuff in Matt Cooke‘s first game in Ottawa against the Senators.

The Pittsburgh Penguins agitator has managed to keep his nose clean so far, though; as of this writing, he hasn’t registered a single penalty. That’s not for a lack of trying, however, as Chris Neil challenged him to a fight earlier in Monday’s game. Cooke rejected the offer, so Neil took it upon himself to clobber Pens defenseman Simon Despres:

Neil received a two-minute charging minor for that hit.

  1. bubblehead22 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Waiting for the comment from douchebury…….

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I like watching Neil challenge Cooke, Orpik and Adams to fights. When Mcyntire grabs him though he is quick to explain why he does not want to fight anymore. Haha

    • gigib1226 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      It’s really no different that Cooke not wanting to fight Neil, but expecting Neil to fight MacIntyre. Neither of those guys should feel inclined to fight someone bigger than them who can beat them in a fight, especially when neither did anything wrong.

    • upyoursnfu - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Neil did stick his tail in between his legs when MacIntyre skated towards him.

      • gigib1226 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Why should Neil fight for no reason? I hate the idea in the NHL that if you hit a guy hard or get in another player’s face, you need to answer the bell and fight a tough guy on the other team. 99% of fights in the NHL are clown fights. Cooke shouldn’t have had to fight Neil in the first 5 minutes. Neil should have to fight MacIntyre because he was mixing it up and getting in people’s faces all night. The only good fights in the NHL are in the heat of the moment, preferably without the involvement of 2 goons/”enforcers” (like a MacIntyre).

    • polegojim - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Neil acted like a childish schoolboy punk… if you’re going to pick fights all over the ice… then you need to be willing to accept one.

      Charging a guy into the boards on top of all that… then NOT going with Mc???

      SOOOO cowardly and weak by Neil. Tuck tail is right.

  3. gigib1226 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Not a “dirty/illegal” in terms of the rulebook, but a hit you just hate seeing in the NHL with all these concussion problems going around. Like if Matt Cooke did it, I’ll never give Chris Neil the benefit of the doubt. He’s out there trying to run people all the time. Not saying he’s doing anything illegal, but he’s also never gonna get the benefit of a borderline call either. Just happy the youngster is ok.

    • pens5829 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Despres laugh it off.

  4. 2jivecrew - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Yeah, Niel likes to pick his spots. But once a real heavy gets in his face he does all he can to avoid a tussle.

    • budvw14 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Typical Pittsburgh fans! You try to criticize every other team all the while failing to see the douchebags on your own. Neil was smart not to fight, because unlike MacIntyre, Neil is still an actual hockey player who’s team is better with him on the ice and not just a goon like MacIntyre. As far as turtling up, Cooke has always been the first skate tuck his tail. Little b!tch runs his chops all night to Del Zotto and Stepan but as soon as Clowe and Asham step up he runs for the hills. He does it nightly.

  5. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    All class.

  6. pens5829 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    With chop across Borruzzo’s chin, Alfredsson should have received a match penalty. You can’t even fart in the direction of Ottawa tonight without ending up in the sin-bin. Chrissy Neil’s an embarrassment. Nice bow to the chops when a guys not looking, but puts his tampon in when MacIntyre confronts him. Please stop all the whining about Matt Cooke you hypocrites.

    • pens5829 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Ah. The school yard bully sure backed away from Murray quickly there. Wuss!

  7. crazemastercraze - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Didn’t Matt Carkner tell everybody about Neil’s uncanny ability to decline the gloves against guys who can actually fight? Then having to get bailed out by another enforcer on the team? He’s a joke.

  8. crashtheboards55 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Yep Neil showed his true colors playing for CSI Ottawa. He
    Is a reflection of his idiot owner and crybaby gm. Its sad because Ottawa is a really good team with a ton of talent and have done a great job with all of the injuries they have had. If he wants to fight take on engelland glass or macintyre. Now he runs away from Murray. Hahaha. What a joke. Stick to Bertuzzo’s face by Alfredsson was classless. Shocking coming from a player like him.

  9. live4hockey - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Nice elbow to the head

  10. President Charles Logan - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Ottawa…. lol…… nuff said

  11. bubblehead22 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Notice douchebury and JR laugh about this hit. Morons.

  12. jpak12 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I can’t stand how the media often calls Chris Neil a tough guy, the only players he drops the gloves with are smaller players who don’t fight, and the only time he fights another teams fighter is when he jumps them when they are at the end of a shift.

    I was at the game on Sat vs the Leafs, right along the glass, Orr challenged Neil to a fight, Neil lowered is head and skated away, later Neil was in Reimer’s face so Fraser challenged him, he said no and ran away. Then once again Neil is in Reimer’s face, Obyrne goes after Neil, Neil skates away then grabs Kadri of all people to try to fight, so Orr, Fraser and Obyrne he wont fight, but Kadri he will? And hes supposed to be a tough guy?!

    Add that to the fact that he always had bodyguards on his team to protect him, McGratten and Carkner have even said that’s how it was in Ottawa, looks like Kassian is his new bodyguard.

  13. dentals1 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    How is that charging? His feet stopped moving before he got to the middle of the slot. Looks more like someone should keep their head up coming out of the corner.

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