CALGARY — The fallout from the Bruins-Penguins game Saturday has started, with Pittsburgh forward James Neal receiving a five-game suspension for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head in the first period. Neal received a minor penalty for kneeing at the time.
Neal had his hearing with the NHL’s Player Safety Department via telephone Monday.
“No comment, really,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “The league took care of it. That’s where it ends. We’ve got to move on here.”
Neal also will forfeit $128,205.15 in salary.
Shawn Thornton’s in-person hearing has not been scheduled, but it is expected to be at the end of the week.
Following Neal’s hit on Marchand, Thornton slew-footed Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik and then punched him when he was down on the ice. Orpik was placed on injured reserve Monday with a concussion and will miss at least a week, which will be factored into Thornton’s penalty.