Neal suspended 5 games for knee on Marchand

In a wild game that saw James Neal kneeing Brad Marchand in the head, Brooks Orpik stretchered off the ice, and an assortment of other questionable plays, Zdeno Chara scored with 13 seconds left to edge out the Pens.

NEW YORK — 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.