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James Neal suspended 5 games by NHL

12/09/2013 01:15 EST | Updated 02/08/2014 05:59 EST
Pittsburgh Penguins left-winger James Neal has been suspended five games for kneeing Boston forward Brad Marchand in Saturday’s 3-2 loss.

At 11:06 of the first period, Neal struck Marchand when the latter was on the ice and was assessed a minor penalty.

Bruins forwards Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly were also injured in the Pittsburgh game.

Eriksson suffered a concussion after being hit by Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik and did not travel to Toronto for the start of the Bruins' four-game road trip on Sunday.

Boston placed Kelly on long-term injured reserve after breaking his right fibula against Pittsburgh.

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton will have a in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL for punching Orpik and sending him to hospital.

Click below to listen to NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan's decision for Neal's suspension.

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