Did the NHL get it right on the Neal penalty?

Updated: November 21, 2009, 10:14 AM ET
By Richard Durrett

I said after seeing the hit and talking to James Neal in the dressing room after Thursday's game that I didn't think he should be suspended. But after watching it a few more times, I can understand the NHL doing something. The fact that Neal didn't intend to injure him is why it shouldn't have been a long suspension (and it wasn't). Intent, though, shouldn't absolve Neal from all penalties.

My bet is had the officials missed the call completely, Neal would have received three games. But ...

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