You guys realize Neal received a 2 minute penalty on that play right?
Should have been a 5 minute major and he should have been tossed for the blatant headshot.
Looks like Neal's cross check was to the shoulder and the follow through with his fist caught the head. Dirty, yes, suspension worthy, no.
Even if the stick came up and caught him in the head, I don't think you'd see a suspension. For a suspension, it would have to be a direct cross check to the head (I'm assuming).
Someone asked about the linesman standing right there. I'm not 100% sure of the rules here, but I had always thought that a linesman can only make a call when they see a highstick that draws blood.
The cross check shouldn't have been made in the first place. And whether the "intent" was for the shoulder, he ultimately cross checked him in the head and the end result is a head shot. Suspendable offence? Yes. Repeat offender? Very much so. 3 games will maybe teach that idiot more of a lesson than a measley 1 game, though I think 5 would send a better message, cause Neal is repeatedly a dirty player.
Orpik isn't dirty at all, I don't know where you got that. Neal is, and Cooke was, so I get your point. But Brooks Orpik is not a dirty player.
Orpik loves hitting from behind and taking guys knees out. He's no stranger to Q like cross checking sessions as well and unlike the Wings, his interference isn't "subtle".