Neal to have hearing with NHL on Friday
James Neal will have a hearing with NHL officials on Friday morning in regards to his boarding penalty on Derek Dorsett in the second period, said Stars coach Marc Crawford. Neal hit Dorsett in the back and Dorsett's head hit the glass. He was helped off the ice. Neal was given a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct.
"I didn't have any intent to injure him," said Neal, who watched the rest of the game from the dressing room area. "I hope he's OK."
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Neal, who is in his second year of NHL play, has never had a 5-minute major or a suspension in his time with the Stars. He has a team-high 11 goals this season and is tied with Brad Richards for the team lead in points with 22.
"He's not a mean player," Crawford said. "It looked like he was trying to hit the other player. He got overanxious on the hit."
Crawford said Neal, 22, has to learn to be in better control of where he is on the ice.
"Nobody likes to see anybody get hurt," Crawford said. "I know James didn't mean to hit the guy that way."