Seen here is video of a Chris Neil hit from Tuesday night's Senators-Leafs preseason game.
As you can see, Neil clearly targets the head of Maple Leaf Mikhail Grabovski with his shoulder, even though Grabovski does not have the puck and has his head down. This is eerily similar to Matt Cooke's hit on Marc Savard two seasons ago which is expected to end the Boston center's career.
No doubt, NHL VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan will be busy tomorrow handing Neil, a repeat offender and known hitman, a hefty suspension. Can't we all just get along?
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