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Franzen pokes fun at Neil playing ‘hero’ after Sens enforcer tried to fight him

Feb 28, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

Johan Franzen had a big night on Thursday as his hat trick performance led Detroit to a 6-1 victory, but with the game already decided, Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil tried to get something going.

Neil seemed intent on picking a fight with Franzen and even removed the Red Wings forward’s helmet. The officials quickly got involved, preventing the incident from potentially escalating further between Neil and a player that returned from a concussion on Wednesday.

You can see what happened here:

Both players ended up receiving misconducts and Neil got roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties thrown on top of that. Afterwards, Franzen was very open about his feelings regarding Neil.

“He usually shows up when the game is over and tries to be the hero,” Franzen said, per the Ottawa Citizen. “Puts his cape on and goes and flies out there.

“He doesn’t like to take heat from fans and coaches, he usually steps up when the game is over and shows he really fights hard.”

Senators coach Paul MacLean shrugged off the incident as just part of the game.

This was a tough loss for the Senators as they missed a critical opportunity to gain ground on Detroit in the race for a playoff spot. Ottawa is now five points shy of the Red Wings and the second Wild Card spot they possess.

  1. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    POS move by “Kneel”. Maybe he thought the only way to make the playoffs was to put another wing on IR. Franzen has been very good since coming back.

    • partsman193509 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      I can’t believe Mclean would think that it is part of the game if it was one of his boy’s that was out that many games with a concussion.That Neil is a POS anyway.

      • 0ffsides - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Franzen has always had head issues, Neil was just taking a page from the Penguins playbook from 2009 when there were plenty of shots taken at Franzens head without being called.

        Gary gift wrapped that Cup for his boy toy Sydney.

  2. timmmah10 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    I am a wings fan, but in Neil’s defense, if you’re healthy enough to be on the ice, don’t get mad if someone takes a shot at you.

    Can’t treat a player different… Franzen DID slash the Ottawa defensemen in the back of the leg for no reason earlier that period. If you’re going to play the injury card, play clean yourself.

    This is all classic Franzen though. Show up and have an impact for one game a month… then disappear. Let’s hope he really steps his game up for the rest of the year, but once a floater, always a floater.

    • withseidelinn - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Probably the dumbest thing I’ve read on this site. I’m very against arguing over the internet but you need to get your head out of your ass. Nobody with half a brain is going to fight someone after returning from a serious head injury. If you think part of hockey is dropping the gloves when the score is 6-1 and risking your mental health then you shouldn’t be a fan of this sport.

    • partsman193509 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      timmmah you can’t be much of a Wings fan if you think that was a good move by that POS Neil.

  3. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    There is no place in hockey for that kind of move.

    Maybe Neil should sit out the rest of the season because 1 shot to the head of Franzen could have ended his season or even careers.

    Dumb move by Neil knowing that Franzen just came back from a concussion.

    He goes after a player who had already scored a hat trick is a lopsided loss….and takes his frustrations out in that manner…..what a LOSER.

    He clearly needs a time out for a while. Mr. Shannahan are you listening???

    • dueman - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      That’s just Neil being, well….Neil. The guy has been a loser his whole career.

      • kaptaanamerica - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Yeah, he’s a lot like the leafs in that regard… what was the word truculence… when the game is out of hand

  4. runhigh24 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Neil used to be a very effective 3rd line player with an edge. But the game has passed him by and the only way he can stay employed is by pulling stuff like this.

  5. kicksave1980 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Maybe Neil shouldn’t have gone after Franzen, but him coming back from a concussion has nothing to do with it. It isn’t up to the players on other teams to be concerned for your safety. If you’re healthy enough to play, you’re playing the same game as everyone else on the ice.

  6. evermench - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Chris Neil is a POS! Always has been. Always will be. Zero class and is a coward.

  7. jhaegs - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    What a chump. The guy just flat out looks like there’s something not right in his head. He’s got a face built for mugshots…

  8. beyor35 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Not a fan of either team and have/had respect for Neil for his role on the team but he should get a game for that. It was pure bush league to go after a guy who just came back from a concussion who showed absolutely no desire to fight and I love fighting when it is warranted…

  9. jhaegs - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Awaiting joey4id’s arrival. I’m sure he has some dramatic, BS comment about how fighting should be removed from the game.

    • joey4id - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      As long as fighting is part of the game these incidents will not ever stop.

      jhaegs – Feb 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM
      What a chump. The guy just flat out looks like there’s something not right in his head. He’s got a face built for mugshots…

      • kaptaanamerica - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Was jag refereeing to you in that comment Joey?

      • joey4id - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        I don’t understand the question. What is it you’re looking for?

      • joey4id - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        My point is as long as fighting is not eliminated you’re going to have guys like Neil who, according to jhaegs, is a chump. “The guy just flat out looks like there’s something not right in his head. He’s got a face built for mugshots…”

        You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

      • jhaegs - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Sure you can. What else is cake for?

  10. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Neils a bum

  11. iammrbinky - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    There’s a time to fight. Down 6-1 isn’t it.

  12. marcmargolismarcmargolis - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    This disgusting display crosses the line between what is in the game and assault. Smashing a players head into the glass after removing his helmet forcefully is assault with intent to do bodily harm. If the NHL will not take care of the players on the ice I am sure the district attorney in Ottawa is already looking into this clear violation way past the rules of the game by Chris Neil.

  13. kfraser91 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Neil is joke just like Torres and Scott. He was after Franzen all game. I just wish we had more games against Ottawa…seems to be the only games in which Franzen wants to skate. prepare for him to go into a coma for the month of March. hopefully his next streaky performance comes in April

  14. JoeAvg - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    I want a forensic investigation on this and include everything about Neil’s past that proves his intent was to injure Franzen. I want to get garbage like this out of the league. How much will that cost me?

  15. grumpyoleman - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Looked like Kneel was even considering a heat-butt for a second there.

  16. nj666 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I was more surprised to not see someone from the wings violently going after neil. It turned into a scrum but somebody on the wings should have sent a message that they wont tolerate that crap. I also dont get why Franzen was penalized, he didn’t do anything.

  17. imgoingtowichita - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Tim caught the slash to the d that Neil sitting on the bench noticed. Being the ‘policeman’ on the roster Neil simply asked Franzen to answer for it. If Neil was a real douche he would have thrown a punch while Franzen had his hands down. I know that this view is the minority but it certainly could have been worse (Orpik/Thornton)

  18. challer9 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Everyone should know Neil is a POS. If you don’t, just go to Youtube and do some research. I’m still confused as to why Franzen got a misconduct. What in the hell were the refs looking at?

  19. capsfan14 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    My question is, how is 1:02 not offsides?

  20. imgoingtowichita - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Capsfan – your skates can enter the offensive zone first as long as you have complete control of the puck and you are not putting another offensive player in ahead of the puck. It’s a good way to avoid the d’mans stick check.

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