PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Arron Asham #45 of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets a match penalty for high sticking Brayden Schenn #10 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
I'm not going to hold my breath when it comes to a potential suspension for James Neal or Arron Asham. It's become clear that Brendan Shanahan has a set a clearly broken precedent: No injury, no suspension, regardless of reckless intent.
Brayden Schenn wasn't injured by Asham on Sunday, and it doesn't appear that Claude Giroux or Sean Couturier were seriously injured by Neal either. I wouldn't suspect much discipline will come down from the league, thus creating the chance that Game 4 spirals into chaos yet again as the Flyers try to make Neal answer for his head-hunting.
Then again, there's this news:
Pittsburgh forward James Neal will have hearings on Tuesday with the Department of Player Safety for two separate incidents in Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against thePhiladelphia Flyers.
We'll find out tomorrow, then. Also, it doesn't look like Craig Adams will face any discipline for being the third-man in on Sidney Crosby's mugging of Scott Hartnell. I don't necessarily have a problem with that call. Here's a question, though: Would you rather see suspensions, or would you rather see somebody go after these guys in Game 4?