NHL suspends Penguins' James Neal 5 games for Brad Marchand hit



Penguins right winger James Neal has been suspended five games for kneeing Boston forward Brad Marchand in the head Saturday night.

Neal kneed Marchand, who had fallen or been knocked to the ice, while skating past him.

A five-game suspension is the longest Neal could have received with a phone hearing, which he had today with Brendan Shanahan, who handles supplemental discipline for the league.

He will be eligible to return for a Dec. 19 home game against Minnesota.


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