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Penguins' Neal gets five-game suspension for knee to Marchand's head

By John Vogl

The NHL has suspended Penguins forward James Neal five games for his knee to the head of Brad Marchand during Saturday's stupid play-filled game between Pittsburgh and Boston.

With Marchand on the ice, Neal saw him and skated right through, kneeing the Boston forward in the process. Neal earned a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan, and the NHL disciplinarian handed out the five-game ban today. It will cost Neal $128,205.15 in salary.

Shanahan will have an in-person hearing with Boston's Shawn Thornton, who pulled down Brooks Orpik and knocked the defenseman unconscious. The date has yet to be announced.

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John Vogl

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