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Video: Penguins’ Neal knees Bruins’ Marchand

Dec 7, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward James Neal could also be facing supplemental discipline for a kneeing incident on Boston Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand.

The incident occurs about five seconds into the video below. Marchand is tripped up, and while he’s on the ice, Neal skates by and looks to intentionally clip Marchand with his knee.

Neal was assessed only a minor penalty for kneeing. He came out of the box and scored seven seconds after his penalty expired to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead in the first period.

Immediately after the whistle, a scrum ensued in the Pittsburgh zone. It was then that Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton took Brooks Orpik to the ice and threw multiple punches, resulting in the Penguins’ defenseman being taken off the ice on a strether.

  1. mccourty1sland - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Just got his egg scrambled

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Good job Refs. Way to be consistent. If this hand job would have been assessed a major and ejected maybe Orpik wouldn’t be in the hospital. Neil is a sleazy dirtbag and a repeat offender, 15 games minimum.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    This is way worse than what Thornton did. You could just about kill a guy kneeing him in the head when he’s defenseless like that.

    • skr213 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      I’m just gunna say they’re both potentially lethal and both seriously idiotic moves. Fans from both teams should be ashamed.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        Yeah definitely nothing good to say about what I’ve seen from this game.

    • pens5829 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      Moron alert. Moron alert.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        I like that you have such a unique way of announcing your arrival.

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Yes you are a moron

  4. flyerspsu - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Neal is one of the dirtiest players in the league, he delivers more headshots than maybe any player in the league, this better be his 3rd suspension and what should be his 4th suspension since his absurdly cheap hit on couturier which was illegal in about 4 different ways but didnt get one since Neal was so much of a coward that he couldnt even man up about it and lied that it was accidental

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Neal is without a doubt a scumbag. He’s the biggest sore loser. If he gets beat on a play he throws a elbow out or a knee. He better get minimal ten games for this. He gets away with so much for being on the pens. Crosby with the intentional trip and Neal comes to add his scumbag antics too it. Ever since he went to the pens he became a whiner and cheap shot artist. He learned it from the best. Love it how the pens fans are no where to be found to back up one of there golden boys, instead hiding behind their phones in the shadows clicking the thumbs down button on everyone. I wish Thorton did that to Neal instead.

      • pens5829 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:36 AM

        Wow!!!! Einstein and his little brother sounding off from the armpit of Pennsylvania. Surprised you idiots both missed the mandatory Filly Cryer Cindy comment?

  5. joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Reckless and stupid move by Neal. From thus video it looked like Neal’s knee connected with the shoulder. If this is the case, he should not be suspended. If he connected with the knee then this should be reviewed by the NHL and perhaps a suspension.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Seriously, are you blind? You should be an NHL official.

      • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Lol! I really can’t tell watching the video on my iPhone. :-) Chill until I get to my TV.

    • stakex - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      He still intentionally kneed a guy laying on the ice….. head or shoulder its a cowardly, reckless play, and it should be met with a lengthy suspension.

      Its funny that you whine about fighting in almost every article, but when someone does something dangerous and reckless aside from fighting you think its fine. Kneeing someone in the head if FAR more likely to injure them than a fight.

      • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Are you stupid or just looking for a fight? I wrote that if he connected with the head then the NHL should review and will probably suspend him.

  6. mattymarts17 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Remember when Lemiuex had all that stuff to say about the Islanders and their fans? That was a disgusting and classless move by Neal as well as Thorton. These are two of the East’s best and most watched teams. This is embarassing and not a good look for Hockey.

    • mattymarts17 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Also hope both Marchand and Orpik are alright obviously…

      • hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        Marchand didn’t miss a shift

  7. scottybcboy - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Absolute disgrace that Neal is still in this game. Should have been match penalty – intent to injure.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      No question. But since Marchand wasn’t hurt the worst Neal can expect now is a fine.

      • flyerspsu - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        it also helps hes a penguin

      • ryanw822 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Well Neal is lucky that Marchand doesnt have a glass jaw like Orpik

  8. scottybcboy - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    At least the team that deserved the win after such bad reffing got the win.
    Win it for Thorty!

    • burgh916 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      You’re disgusting, crawl back in your cave please.

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Should have been Neal who was knocked out.

    • sjsharks66 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Poor Thorty… those mean refs made him kick Orpiks legs out, get on top of him and knock him out.

      You are a fool!

      • scottybcboy - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        As I said in another thread.. Thornton deserves 10 games. That is what good teams do, rally around their teammates. I should , in retrospect, have said win it for Louie, or win it for Marchy, either way the team with the best backbone showed it tonight!

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        No it was
        Orpiks fault for not manning up after his cheap shot on Eriksson.He should have answered the bell then maybe he wouldn’t have been hearing them.That’s typical Penguins hockey.dirty cheap hits then turtle and hide.

    • cheetah440 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      yup. Justice prevailed. Too bad Neal didn’t get stretchered off too. Would have made for a perfect game.

      • jwcamp - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Justice prevailed? Are you serious? Not to defend Neal, but Marchand really embellished that and if you look closely it appears Neal makes contact with his shoulder first. Thornton absolutely attacked a defenseless player with intent to injure.

      • kylewilmarth - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Marchand embellished? How do you embellish a hit that you couldn’t see coming? He reacted like any human being would. For anyone who actually plays hockey, when you get hit in the head (esp. blindsided), you don’t just get up and pretend nothing happened and try to skate it off…that can lead to a worse head injury. You set there, try to gain your bearings, and get assessed by the trainer. Pretty standard reaction to a head hit.

        Clearly, Neal skated towards the defenseless player, away from the game play to purposely to make contact with Marchand’s head. Whether he actually made contact with his target (head) or not, he targeted him, kneed him in the head, and bee-lined it to the bench like the sally that he is.

        I’m a fan of both teams (I like good hockey), and there was no excuse for Thornton or Neal’s actions. Both should be suspended for 10 games.

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    the din of champagne corks popping in vancouver was something to behold…

    live by the submarine, die by the knee

    instant karma’s gonna get you
    gonna knock you right on the head

    you better get yourself together
    pretty soon you’re gonna be dead

    who in the hell d’you think you are
    a super star…

    • scottybcboy - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Well he assisted on the game winner and scored two goals in game 7 of the 2011 final….so yeah I guess karma got him!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      +1 for the Lennon reference. RIP, 33 years ago tomorrow.

    • blomfeld - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Comrade Flugga … your writings are like ‘far out’ man, seriously ! :)

      The way I personally view this type of stuff is simple. If you want to shed people’s blood in life, then be prepared to shed some of your own. It doesn’t matter ‘who or what’ your are, that’s the ‘bottom line’ deal …

      • drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Welcome to the fray Blomfeld and thanks for another great selection. A great comeback tonight by the Bs but who knows what tomorrow will bring.

      • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        Drewzducks is definitely ‘tuned in’ man, no two ways about it …

        Right back at ya man … with my best regards ! :)

  10. skr213 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    This game is seriously ugly and an embarrassment for hockey fans. Neil knees Marchant in the head, Thornton punches Orpik while he’s down on the ice. WTF? I hope the league gets serious about this kind of crap instead of debating whether fighting is good or bad.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Neither of those instances were a fight, you do realize that right?

  11. stakex - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Ok, what Thornton did was very ugly… but this isn’t much better. As dangerous as it is to punch someone laying on the ice, its just as dangerous to knee them in the head while skating past them at a good clip.

    All the focus is going to be on what happened after this knee, but Neal should be suspended for almost as long as Thornton.

  12. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I’m not excusing Thorton at all. Totally classless move on a defenseless player, but this all stems from the preferential treatment that guys like Neal receive from the officials on a continuous basis because they are goal scorers.

    • drone501 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      just a weird game the whole way around. i did predict the finish with 5 minutes left. pens can’t protect a one goal, lead to save their life. don”t trust fleury at all with a one goal lead. this is a very bad trend for pen fans.

  13. tougie24 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Oh hey, look at that, the Pens aren’t saints either. Can’t wait to get the dislikes for that. Anyway, tonight’s great hockey game was ruined by three horrendous incidents that were completely unneeded and avoidable.

  14. LampyB - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Neal is such a dirtbag. Dangerous play by Thornton but honestly Neal’s stunt was going to put someone else on his team into a position to take a few punches regardless. Lack of respect for the sport, Marchand, and his teamates. I feel like saying ‘nice work Neal look what you did. Put your teammate into a vulnerable position and now he’s hurt.’

    Give the guy 15 games. Anyone remember his blatant elbow to the head against giroux in playoffs?

  15. bruinsfan1953 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Orpik is no man

  16. bruinsfan1953 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    After seeing what Neil did I know now why they let cooke go

  17. steelcity622 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I wish Marchand would have been the one sent to the hospital. Can’t say I’d want him conscious and alert.

    • cheetah440 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      22 idiots gave this a thumbs up? sick

      • Puck Quest - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        cheetah440 – Dec 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        yup. Justice prevailed. Too bad Neal didn’t get stretchered off too. Would have made for a perfect game.


        Hypocrite much?

      • steelcity622 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        27 now, actually. Just accept that a classless organization such as the Bruins deserve every bad thing karma throws their way.

      • eagles92 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        Lol pens fans crack me up. The better team won tonight.

    • drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Lessons on class coming from a fan of teams from Pittsburgh. That’s rich. The irony, that is, not your once thriving steel town. As far as karma is concerned it was served tonight by the final on the scoreboard. Karma was also kind enough to throw the Penguins our way during last years ECF.

      • steelcity622 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        I think we just need to look at the headlines a few months back to see a city’s karma.

      • drewzducks - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        True, World Series victory was sweet. Guessing you’re not old enough to remember the We Are Family Bucs from ’79. Shame.

  18. bruinsfan1953 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I’m sure Gino will be back in the line up now that they don’t have to play the bruins for the rest of the season

  19. bruinsfan1953 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I’m sure Gino will be back in the line up next game now that they don’t have to play the bruins again this season

  20. bruinsfan1953 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM


  21. 7mantel - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Neil is is a gutless puke ‘

  22. northstarnic - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Couple of classless dirtbags, particularly Thornton. What a POS.

  23. nhstateline - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    This was dirty. Neal should get a couple of games for it but it also fit with the cheap crap Pittsburgh got away with early in the 1st. I blame the bad officiating for letting this whole situation get to where it got in the end as much as I blame the players on both teams.

  24. ironmd778 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    You people are out of control with both incidents. Yes they were dirty plays. But for crying out loud there have been a million things far worse over the years. Get a grip and don’t be such a bunch of sensitive Mary’s.

  25. ironmd778 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Funny thing is Thornton is one the best, most classy guys you’ll find. What can you say, he had a brain fart and did something dumb.

  26. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    What I don’t get is why he did not go after Neal? Why target someone that was not involved?

    • 49nh - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      He went after Orpik for this hit during the first shift of the game…

  27. ironmd778 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Good one. Drag a bombing with maimed and killed people into it. Yup, the internet brings out the scum of the earth.

    • drewzducks - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      Seriously. I chose to ignore it and focus on a much more positive headline from October instead.

  28. eagles512 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Neal is one of the 3 dirtiest guys in the league. He’s a disgrace.

  29. nhronin - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Cam Neely and Marc Savard – 2 careers ruined by dirty Pens players.

    Not much more to say here than karma is a b&*#(@. Keep your head up Sidney.

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