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Pens’ Neal could face more than minor penalty for cross checking

Mar 20, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal isn’t shy about using his size and strength, for better or worse. It’s a style that’s helped him score a ton of goals and be an impact power forward, but he’s been at risk of supplemental discipline plenty of times, and Thursday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings provides the latest potential example.

Neal received a two-minute minor for cross checking Red Wings forward Luke Glendening, but many believe that he could get a call from a league for that infraction. The Pensblog uploaded a GIF of the hit:

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Neal, 26, just returned to action after missing two games with a concussion. He’s piled up quite a reputation with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety during his relatively short career, drawing three suspensions, including a significant five-game one in December 2013.

It seems like Glendening is OK, but PHT will keep an eye out for any injury updates/setbacks if appropriate.

We’ll see if that history factors into any decision the league makes, assuming there is supplemental discipline at all.

101 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. hockeyflow33 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    At what point is enough, enough for this guy? He’s a very talented player and doesn’t need to play like an idiot to be successful.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      If he gets nothing, it’s time to hunt his head.

      • toiletclown - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:11 AM

        nealers a beast, whos got the balls to do anything? scott fartsmell? hahahaha

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        lol Hartnell would kick Neal’s ass dude, what are you talking about?

    • girouxsalem89 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      You would think the guy would stop being such a clown, considering his suspensions and the fact that he just came back from a concussion himself.

      He needs a few more days off to see if he can learn to play with some respect.

    • sumkat - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      The NHL made players like Neal when they took the “goons” out of hockey. Say what you want about them, but do you think this guy is doing stuff like this with Tie Domi out there? How about Donald Brashear? Think he pulls that if Schultz, Probert, or McSorley is out there?

      The league took the players ability to police themselves away, then act surprised when guys take cheap shots. It would be like a club getting rid of all the bouncers, then acting surprised when there were more fights each night

      • drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        They could use goons, or they could hand out punishments that are actually deterrents. They’re doing neither, which is why Neal continues to get away with his bull****.

      • mornelithe - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        So make the penalty injury recovery time +10 games, for the offender. It can be done, the NHL just needs to stop with the pinprick penalties, and really smack ‘em with something.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        I completely agree with you

      • chanceoffleury - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        They just need to make punishments more consistent, I think. There is so much inconsistency when it comes to who the player is committing the dirty play, who the hit is on, whether the opposing player was hurt, where the team is in the standings, etc.

        Not referencing the above play and just speaking of borderline hits in general, I think it makes it harder for players to get physical without crossing the line when the line is so blurry. The “out until the other player comes back” theory is nice on paper but would simply just end in more politics being involved in this process. If you say recovery time+10 games for the offender, then you are going to see nothing but an INSANE amount of even more favoritism for the better players. Why do you think Neal only got 5 games and got off on the MDZ hit? Because he sent Shanahan a text that said “srry :((( promise ill change this time!!” ? No. It’s because he’s good. When he’s not cross checking and boarding people, he’s making the Pens, a high profile NHL team, a more exciting team to watch. Even as a fan of one, I can admit the BLATANT inconsistency that revolves around the borderline hits to suspensions ratio that most high profile teams and specifically, high profile players, receive. And it’s not just the Pens: Emery on Holtby, Keith on Carter, Weber on Zetterberg, Nash on Kopecky, the list goes on. The intent and result of those vary, but all the hits are parallels to hits that have at one time or another received suspensions but didn’t for whatever reason in the examples listed above. The lines on what constitutes a suspension need to be more clear or players are just going to use it as another excuse as to why they aren’t cleaning up their game. You could give Neal 25 games but if you don’t hold the next guy who commits the same hit also responsible with at least some form of discipline then what are the other 700+ players learning? It’s like having a broken leg and putting a spongebob band-aid on the small scrape you got when you fell and broke it. It’s nice that you fixed one problem, but youre just gonna keep falling and getting more little scrapes until you fix the bigger issue.

    • laprofevero - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      Gutter play. Gutter organization. This person needs to be in jail.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHhhahHhahahahahahahahaha……. Wait…. I gotta catch my breath…….. Ok. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh my god.

      • 11111111111a22 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Not bad. Not bad. They are a bit of an anomoly. Maybe most talented, maybe most dirty/always play the victim role.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Don’t latch on to my comments with this junk.

    • bobhpine - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      I’m a Pens fan and I am completely sick of defending James Neal. He’s a selfish player and he plays the game like a punk. For the people say the Penguins are a team full of cheap shot artists, you’re foolish. The whole team plays the game the right way except for this guy, who admittedly is a jerk. I’ve had it with his act. He’s never done much in the playoffs and he hurts his team with stupid penalties constantly.

  2. strictlythedanks - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    youch

  3. charlieconway96 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Pens have looked pretty undisciplined so far in this one.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Sure enough the second I post that the Wings start taking bad penalties and the Pens put three quick ones in…

  4. lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    My god, what is wrong with this guy? They aren’t even accidental illegal plays, they’re just boneheaded, selfish, dirty hits that get him in trouble and give him and his team a bad reputation. This cross check is awful and he deserves a suspension. Neal is simply far too talented and also important to his team to carry this reputation and be a liability with the possibility of suspension always looming. He needs to clean up his act already, enough is enough, or give him 10+ games until he can figure it out.

    • sumkat - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Agreed. This guy has earned a suspension with a cheap shot in the playoffs, so it’s not like he gets it together when it really matters either.

      To me, they have to Philly suspend him (take something that deserves 2 games, and give him 5), to send a message. Obviously treating him like everyone else isn’t working, and his history shows without a doubt, he players the game dirtier than almost everyone else

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Is glendening ok?

    • James O'Brien - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      As far as I can tell he is, although sometimes guys play hurt for a bit, so we’ll see.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        They sure do play hurt, last night Eberle scored two goals after hurting his knee(which has kept him out of tonight’s game). Keep up the great storys O’B

  6. mp1131211 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Didn’t look like much to me. Worth 2 minutes.

    • bsfan77 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Cross check to the head isn’t much? He went at him with only one thing on his mind as he has done before.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        Cross check to the head is much, but that wasn’t a cross check to the head! Try fingers of a hand still holding a stick grazing the shoulder and finishing through to the head.

    • lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Yup, a strong professional athlete only smashed his stick into the guys face. No big deal. I had a friend who got his nose broken when a guy was playing around with him and accidentaly did this to him. A cross check to the stomach alone is 2 minutes, you can’t just cross check someone to the face. It’s a completely unnecessary and terrible play. Do you even watch hockey?

      • mp1131211 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:45 AM

        Oh get over it. His hand hit him.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:47 AM

        What do you think would have happened to him if Neil sucker punch/cross checked his face? He’d be flat on the ice. Instead he just skates off hardly bothered at all beyond a crooked lid.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        mp1131211 open your eyes dude.

      • sumkat - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        @MP

        If you think “he’d be flat on his back” just because he took a stick to the face (or sucker punch, which you oddly called it), you sir, have a glass chin

    • sumkat - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      mp1131211 – Mar 21, 2014 at 2:57 AM
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHhhahHhahahahahahahahaha……. Wait…. I gotta catch my breath…….. Ok. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh my god.

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Ha. God you’re dumb.

      (Forrest Gump) “I’m not a smart man…but I know what cross check is.”

    • cofran2004 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I’d say the fact that you don’t have a single thumb up to any of your follow-up posts should tell you something here. You’re wrong. He cross-checked a guy in the face that didn’t know it was coming. That’s dirty no matter what uniform you wear.

  7. dynamitelarry - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Like I said, he was just waiting for another chance to take a shot. Sad to see talent go to waste.

  8. bsfan77 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    This POS should be suspended. He is a multiple offender and everytime it happens it is so far from accidental it makes me sick. Anytime the crybaby Pens get hit and it is questionable the Pen fans are screaming that people should be arrested. Pens play dirty if not the most dirty in the leauge. Just look at Jokinen cross checking repeatedly in the guys back while he was down. Neal should be looked at and dealt with before he does major damage. You would think someone that knows how it is to deal with head injuries wouldn’t run around cheap shotting. Neal=goon

    • sjsharks66 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      I agree that Neal needs to stop with this garbage. Too much talent going to waste. To say the Pens are the dirtiest team in the league is ridiculous. Let’s not forget what team’s player received the longest suspension this year. You talk about Jokinen cross checking someone in the back while they are down? The Bruins do that play, all the time. Every team does that play. There’s a thin line between playing hard and getting a penalty with that sort of play.

      • bsfan77 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        It is pretty close if you are comparing suspensions for the Pens and the B’s. Thorty was the only long one for us. The Pens have had multiple players suspended for multiple games and they were all head shots except for Neal trying to take off Marchy’s head and no I dont like the way Marchy plays. He is a talented guy that also lets his temper get the best of him. With Neal’s size, it is only a matter of time before he does bad damage. He has great talent but I dont think his head is screwed on right.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        ya his example with Jokinen was horrible, but if you can’t see that the Pens play some of the dirtiest hockey in the league, then you don’t watch other teams play.

      • sumkat - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        To say the Pens are the dirtiest team in the league……is pretty accurate, and has been for a while now. Starts with Geno (Who’s known for taking cheap shot for no other reason than he is getting shut down) and works its’ way down the roster

        Pens fan or not, if you don’t see that, it’s because you don’t want to see that

  9. 7mantel - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Got away with the hit on Del Zotto earlier this month so I guess he thinks he’s teflon !

  10. davidsmj22 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Neal is a piece of crap. Always has been and always will be. He’s fully deserving of some payback

  11. withseidelinn - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Jeeze, this guy will not learn. Respect him as an athlete due to his skill but such a dumb player sometimes. You can score 40 goals in the NHL… why do this crap??

  12. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    The NHL will be a safer place for all once someone puts a serious hurting on Crosby. Maybe then this team of habitual dirtbags will learn to respect the well being of their opponents.

    • bsfan77 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      It will never happen because if you get near him and so much as breathe on him, you will be in the box. Ridiculous if you ask me.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Why do you want to remove one of the most exciting players from the game?

      • sndflyers - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:58 AM

        He’s not one of the most exciting players in the game. Is he good ? Yes. But as far as exciting nah.

    • lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Oh enough about Crosby. I’m not even a Pens fan but the fact that you make this about Crosby shows the ignorance of people towards him still. James Neal crosschecked a guy violently in a face and your solution is to target Crosby…how bout someone goes and fights Neal, he’s the one who deserves suspension! Crosby is the best player in the league, the guy is running away with the scoring title, and he’s cleaned up his act completely. He gets a lot of penalties drawn on him not because the refs love him but because every team targets him. Generally I’ll let Crosby hate pass but in this case this is about a serious dirty play by Neal, no reason to make it about someone who is having a positive impact on the NHL and hockey, and that’s Crosby.

    • sjsharks66 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Didn’t Crosby just miss like 2 years of his career from injury? Get out of here you clown.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Why not Crosby? Is he a protected class? What did Glendening do to deserve this typical, cowardly act by Neal? Because he’s not a star calibre player it’s not a big deal? You’re must be ignorant if you think Sid has “cleaned up his act, completely” or did you miss his dive during the Soldier’s Field game that drew the ire of Toews.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        or the one in the Olympics that drew the ire of Selanne.

      • cofran2004 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        This. The only thing crosby MAY have removed from his game is the constant whining (and theres even still a good deal of that). He should know by now that he doesn’t have to take dives to draw penalties. The name on the back of his jersey does that just fine. And yet he does.

        Also, I completely agree with you. If you can’t retaliate against the goon of another team, or risk taking an instigator penalty, you may as well hit them where it hurts. This is what the NHL is setting up. Is it right? Probably not. Is it what’s going to start happening? Probably.

  13. penvik - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Wasn’t that bad, who reports on these things; must be hard up to get back at the Pens for something

    • lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      A Pens fan supporting a horribly illegal and dangerous play by a historically dirty player? I’m sure you’re not biased at all. Strange, there’s usually so many Pens fans on PHT praising their team yet I see very few on this comments section…

  14. mshantz22 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    James Neal is really starting to not look more and more like Chris Neil. Such a POS player. Id like to see him suspended for at lest 5 games.

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Wrong, Chris Neil would drop the gloves and fight when called upon. James Neil has by far the biggest meow ratio in the league – big “powerful” forward who pretends to play an aggressive game, albeit with his stick and cheap shots – over a factor of refusing to fight anyone fairly or his own size while hiding behind a shield and usually his stick. Mega meow on this guy and hard pressed to remember another player so big and so cheap and yet so soft.

      Must be hard for his teammates to see his crap and have to answer questions about it when they know he is a disgrace. His antics put them all at risk.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      “James Neal is really starting to not look more and more like Chris Neil.” that “not” isn’t supposed to be in there right?

  15. bencia823 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    his stick slid up glendennings shoulder. the initial impact wasn’t to the head, and he was just fine. 2 minutes is all he gets for this

  16. mrpeihockeyguy - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Yeah, I am a Pens fan, and didnt like the crosscheck at all, but people go on like he is the only skilled player that takes cheap shots. Alex Ovechkin, Brad Marchand, Scott Hartnell are 3 that come to mind. Oh yeah pretty sure Detroit employs a guy presently that ended someones career and almost his life and he is still playing in the NHL. I am as sick of this kind of crap as anyone. But we still make excuses, prime example is last night, Killorn on Ranger, that type of hit has no place in hockey anymore, Ranger’s body remained facing the boards, Killorn hit him in numbers driving him headfirst into boards, dirty suspendable hit in todays game. However nothing will change till we have to remove a player from the ice in a body bag!

    • 7mantel - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      I think you can put part of the blame on Mario for all the hate ! The letter to the league a few years back after the Pens/Islander game made his players targets for fans around the league .

      • shortsxit34 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        This was right after they put the ‘A’ on Cooke’s sweater

    • mshantz22 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Say what you want about Bertuzzi’s past, but ever since he joined the wings for his 2nd stint, he hasn’t pulled any of that crap and he’s really changed his style of play.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Bertuzzi was definitely humbled by the whole thing. he’s essentially playing to pay off Steve Moore at this point. at what point is Neal humbled? seems to be never… even after an injury of his own.

    • lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      You’re an idiot. First of all, Bertuzzi is facing the consequences of that hit on Steve Moore because he’s going on trial for it. It’s not like he’s just getting away with it. Ovechkin, Hartnell, and MAYBE Marchand are all really hard players to play against, but aren’t suspended 3 times a season like Neal is. Also, Marchand is the most hated player in the league so don’t play the “everyone hates Neal cause he’s a Penguin” card. The Killorn hit is LEGAL, as deemed by former professional hockey players and those who have spent their life around hockey, while Neal’s cross check was dirty, dangerous, and 100%, undisputably, intentional, which is what makes it such a horrible thing. You are so biased, literally the only people on here saying this was a clean play are Pens fans. “No big deal, he just smashed the guys face with his stick, worst that could happen is he permanently damages his face.”

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Did you really just compare Neil to the Killom hit on Ranger last night?

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        deflecting is a huge tool for Penguins fans, it seems.

    • sumkat - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Did you just compare Ovi and Hartnell as “skilled” player?

      Hartnell literally can’t even stay on his skates. He’s a mucker and a grinder, far from a “skill” player. He’s only puts up point because he lives of Giroux (and still don’t put up many for a first liner)

      Oh, and how about some links to Hartnell cheap shots? I’m sure it’s hard for a Pens fan to realize, but there is a big difference between hitting a guy at an awkward angle legally, and hitting a guy in the face with your stick. I can’t even remember the last time Hartnell was suspended, but it hasn’t been in the last 3 years

  17. sjsharks66 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Mshantz, that’s because he has a big legal battle for all of his career earnings coming up. Haha no but seriously, Bertuzzi is a pos.

  18. muckleflugga - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    off his shoulder pad … lmao … play much

    neal’s just another knuckle dragging neanderthal masquerading as a human being … do that on the street you spend time in jail

    perhaps a visit to the big house for a proper and richly deserved reaming is in order for these apes … i suspect guys like neal would enjoy their time

    what are the odds neal would try that on with macintyre or mcgrattan in the same game

    these sub-humans are ruining professional hockey

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Amen brother…

    • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      add this to the muckle best-of.

  19. girouxsalem89 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Come on with this guy already.

    You just got back from a concussion and you go after someone else’s head? This is just silly now how dirty this idiot plays.

  20. drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Legwand’s spear: the result of Pens being Pens.

  21. drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Also: am I the only one who thinks Malkin embellished?

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      He goes down then looks directly at the ref before wincing in pain. Dirty play for sure, but Malkin sold it.

  22. titansbro - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    He’s a dirty player, no other way to put it really.

  23. drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Suck it Pens.

  24. Stiller43 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Wait. Did i get censored for saying the ….”S” word?

  25. muckleflugga - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    lowenni

    i’ll tell you what … i take the mick with regard to crosby as much as anyone but

    i’d love to see sidney and others of his ilk thrive in a game where simple survival is not job one each and every night

    i suspect we’d see a lot of skill emerging that is otherwise denied by outright goonery in hockey today

    cut the skill players loose and shelve the goons

  26. penguins87and71 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    I love James Neal, his a really good dynamic player, but he has to cut out the the stupid crap. Neal should just worry about trying to score goals. He needs to lay low, with the Boston debacle going down earlier this year it’s best for him and the Penguins if he doesn’t take any more cheapshots. When Neal takes these stupid penalties his only hurting his team.

    • 7mantel - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Like most of your post a good and honest opinion !

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        and 100% stating the obvious… again.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        “When Neal takes these stupid penalties his only hurting his team.”

        great insight there penguins87

      • 7mantel - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Hey a lot Pen fans can’t or won’t say anything negative about the Pens !

  27. flyerspsu - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Right when he comes back from a concussion he delivers yet another blinside headshot. Incredible.

  28. shwatson - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Nealer needs a Xanny before every game.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      lol he’s not careless enough as it is?

  29. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Seriously is Glendening out for 3 weeks? He’s the only center left in the entire organization.

  30. sndflyers - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    James Neal taking another cheap shot ? ….what a surprise.

  31. nicknyhc - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Paging Shawn Thornton…

  32. hattrk - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    A fairly simple solution to the Neal’s of the world is to punish the team. The suspended player’s team may not replace him in the line-up for the length of the suspension. Suspend Neal the Ass-Clown for 10 games and make the Pens play 10 games with only 17 skaters.

  33. imgoingtowichita - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Never said, let alone thought it, but perhaps he needs to be reminded of that junk player from the Rockies that hit Naslund and then finally got his. (A KNEE to the head of a downed opponent, countless cross-check/high stick intent to injure infractions) not just throw the Torres/Simon at him but allow some of his NHLPA brethren to ‘go for a ride’.
    #talentwasted

  34. toiletclown - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    clean shot, keep it up nealer

    • philafly - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      Nealer? Cute.

  35. wethog66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    This is how the Pens roll. That douche Kunitz did the same thing to Varley, when he was with the Caps, back in the playoffs 4-5 years ago while Varley was trying to cover up a puck in the crease. Kunitz just cross checked Varley in the neck.

    Its a cultural thing in Pittsburgh. Classy

    • wethog66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Also, notice not one Cap, even Poti who had a front row seat, did anything to back up their teamate Varley after that douche Kunitz did that.

      Thats a cultural thing in DC. No balls to stick up for your teamates. A culture that will not change until GMGM gets the boot.

  36. imprintmatt - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    The way the play looks he intentionally went for the head. Totally premeditated. Guy is an embarrassment to good sportsmanship. He needs a statement type suspension. Maybe he will wake up. Dirtiest player in hockey

  37. imprintmatt - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Here’s the simple fact. Forget the team he plays for, but the situations they have faced. Two of the best players on your team have had significant injuries in the past. Prime examples of the results of bad plays, so wouldn’t it make sense that maybe you shouldn’t be out there acting like an idiot?

    As for Crosby I get why there are a lot of haters out there. He has followed in the footsteps of Gretzky. He whines a lot and dives trying to draw penalties and use his status to help win games. It’s kind of like cheating the game. He has the most talent of any player in the league, it’s the lack of leadership by example that makes others look at him so negatively. He will always be the best, just not the most well rounded leader, he doesn’t deserve a C on his chest. You don’t earn that by scoring goals you earn that by being an example for your team.

  38. imprintmatt - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Toilet clown…. When a name says it all, why say more

  39. imprintmatt - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Crosby should have learned from Mario (best player ever) not Gretzky

  40. timmons94 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Bsfan77… Totally agree with u. I texted my buddy after his cheap shot last night. Said what is wrong with him .. Dude is so talented but he has a serious Jason streak in him

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