Ottawa’s Chris Neil is not expected to face discipline for Saturday night’s open-ice hit on Brian Boyle. The NHL has not scheduled a hearing for Neil by this afternoon.
Although the league has not released a decision, a hearing would likely have been scheduled by now if Neil were to face discipline prior to Game 6.
After Game 5, John Tortorella said it was “the exact same play as Torres,” referencing Phoenix’s Raffi Torres, who was hit with a 25-game suspension for his hit on Chicago’s Marian Hossa this week. Tortorella went on to say it was a “dangerous, dangerous, cheap hit,” and that the league had a blueprint for how to respond to a hit.
The coach was tight-lipped at Sunday’s practice. He declined further comment on Neil, or the league’s apparent decision to allow him to play Game 6.
Boyle was not among the 11 Rangers who participated in today’s workout at the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh. Tortorella said Saturday night that Boyle was “concussed. He’s out.”
When asked if Boyle would fly to Ottawa with the team tonight, Tortorella said simply “don’t know.”
I’ll have post-practice interviews with Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider and a few more nuggets posted shortly.