James Neal suspended 5 games for kneeing Brad Marchand

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

James Neal has been suspended the maximum amount of games for a phone hearing. He will miss five games for kneeing Brad Marchand.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been suspended five games by the NHL Department of Player Safety, the league on Monday afternoon. The suspension is the maximum allotment under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement for a phone hearing, which Neal participated in on Monday morning.

The suspension was levied as the result of Neal kneeing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during Friday night's game. Marchand was lying on the ice while Neal skated by and connected with the fallen Bruins' head. Neal insisted in post-game interviews that the contact was unintentional and that he was not attempting to injure Marchand. The Department of Player Safety clearly disagrees.

Neal will be eligible to return to the Pittsburgh lineup on Dec. 19 when the Penguins host the Minnesota Wild.

The Department of Player Safety still have to hold an in-person meeting with Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for his actions against Penguins defender Brooks Orpik. The date of that hearing has yet to be determined.

More from SB Nation NHL:

Sharks sit atop the NHL Power Rankings

Killer Curves: How McSorley’s stick turned the ‘93 Finals

Tough times ahead for Toronto?

Devils going green for outdoor game

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.