Neil won’t face hearing for Boyle hit, will play Monday

NEW YORK – Ranger coach John Tortorella torqued up the rhetoric after Saturday’s game hoping to convince NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan that Ottawa’s Chris Neil merited summary execution for his third-period hit on Brian Boyle, who is now out with a concussion – unless, of course, he makes a miraculous recovery.
Tortorella put Neil in the same league as Raffi Torres.
“They have the blueprint,” said Tortorella. “It’s probably the exact same hit as Torres.
“He launches himself, headshot, the puck’s at the goal line when he’s hit. So the blueprint is there and I’m sure he’s a repeat offender. Not too much research to be done there.”
OK, just suspend him.
Fortunately, Shanahan didn’t bite. The league indicated Sunday that Neil wouldn’t be facing a hearing and will be able to play in Monday’s sixth game.
For his part, Neil thought the hit was clean.
But even in the wake of the 25-game suspension handed to Torres for laying out Marian Hossa, Neil said players can worry they’re going to get suspended every time they check an opponent.
“You have to go out and play the game,” he said.
“Obviously, you don’t like to see the suspensions. If it’s a dirty one, then yeah. You have to be held accountable for it. But if you’re going out and playing the game clean and finishing checks hard and playing hard, that’s what it’s about.”

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