Friday, November 20, 2009
Stars awaiting decision on Neal
James Neal said he had a brief phone hearing with the NHL on Friday morning and is waiting to hear the league's verdict. Neal was whistled for boarding in the second period after hitting Derek Dorsett in the back, causing Dorsett's head to hit the glass. Dorsett appeared dazed and had to be helped off the ice. Neal was handed a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Columbus scored twice on that power play and ended up with a 4-1 win.
"They asked about the hit and I said what I thought and that was it," Neal said. "I didn't try to hurt anybody. I'm going in there fast and I had no intent to injure Dorsett. I was trying to hit the defenseman. I hope he's OK."
Thursday was the first time Neal was given a 5-minute major in his brief NHL career (he's in his second year) and he has never been suspended.