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Penguins forward Neal suspended five games for kneeing Bruins' Marchand

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 1:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Penguins forward Neal suspended five games for kneeing Bruins' Marchand

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal for five games for kneeing Boston forward Brad Marchand in the head.

The incident occurred in the first period of Boston's 3-2 home win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. After Marchand was tripped after trying to make a pass out of Boston's zone, Neal hits Marchand's head with his knee as he skates by.

Neal received a minor penalty for kneeing on the play.

NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in explaining the suspension that Neal had a clear view of Marchand on the ice and did not attempt to get out of his way.

The suspension will cost Neal US$128,205.15.

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