Neil takes the blame for conking Gonchar

Kyle Turris knew he wasn’t the one who fired the puck during the pre-game warmup that hit Sergei Gonchar in the head and knocked him out of Saturday’s game in Buffalo.
But the world thought otherwise. The replays seemed to indicate Turris had shot the puck so the blame got pinned on him, much to his dismay.
“I must have had 10 texts after the game: ‘What are you doing taking out Gonchar?,’” Turris said Monday.
Finally, though, the real culprit was identified: Chris Neil. He enjoyed a laugh at Turris’ expense before owning up.
“I saw (on Sunday) that (the media) had him pegged as the culprit, so I came in (Monday) and was going ‘Hey, what are you doing taking Gonchar out of the lineup?,’” said Neil.
“(Turris) didn’t know what was going on.
“But (Gonchar) seemed to be OK (Monday) so it’s good he’s not going to be out very long.”
Since no one expects to take one in the head during the pre-game warmup, Gonchar was surprised.
“I didn’t see it coming,” he said.
“That’s the whole thing. You’re skating out there and you’re not expecting anything. Then the puck hits me in the head and I’m thinking ‘What’s going on?’
“It’s just one of those things that can happen to anybody. He probably feels worse than I do.”

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