Neil issues warning to Del Zotto after hit

April, 24, 2012

Chris Neil


Right Wing
Ottawa Senators


2012 Season Stats
72 13 15 28 -10 178

Senators tough guy Chris Neil is already a pretty unpopular guy in the Rangers' dressing room -- his questionable hit in Game 5 left Brian Boyle with a concussion -- and he certainly did not make any new friends Monday night with comments made following the Rangers' 3-2 win in Ottawa.

The gritty winger issued a thinly-veiled threat to Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, whose hit in the third left Neil down on the ice for several minutes. He skated off on his own power and returned to the game, but was not happy when asked about it after the game.

"I'm sure I'll catch him with his head down one of these times," he said, according to several reports.

Neil avoided any supplementary discipline for his hit on Boyle but may incur the wrath of the NHL's Department of Player Safety with his recent remarks.

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Milan Michalek may have also caught the eye of the league's disciplinary arm. CBC footage shows the winger appearing to use his skate to kick defenseman Dan Girardi twice during the goal-mouth scramble that led to Ottawa's controversial goal with less than 39 seconds remaining.

Similar incidents involving Carolina's Jeff Skinner and Anaheim's Bobby Ryan earned each player two-game suspensions.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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