15 April 2012

Watch Aaron Asham's and James Neal's cheap shots against the victorious Flyers

Game 3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers series in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals was a war of attrition as emotions ran very high for much of this contest, with even Sidney Crosby getting in the mix in a scrap in the first period. The Flyers ended up winning 8-4 with a chance to sweep their hated rivals on Wednesday night. But will be remembered from this game will be two disgraceful cheapshots by Arron Asham and James Neal in the first period and late in the third period, respectively.

With Philadelphia up 3-1 late in the first, Brayden Schenn of the Flyers laid out Pittsburgh's Paul Martin in a clean hit. Asham clearly was not happy and he then cross-checked Schenn in the neck and then with Schenn on the ground, he punched him in the face.

What a disgraceful move. First off to cross-check anybody near the face is incredibly dangerous but then to punch the guy while he is down in the back of the head? That's straight up cowardice and he was rightfully kicked out of the game and he should not play on Wednesday night.

Fast forward to late in the game with the result well in hand with Philadelphia up 7-4. Pens left winger James Neal had a great game in putting together a hat trick but he also made a despicable hit on Flyers center Sean Couturier where he left his feet to blindside Couturier in a clear attempt to knock him out with a blow to the head.

Now that is about as low as you can go. The game's over, there is no place for that garbage. What is even more disgraceful is that he was not even given a penalty for that hit when he should have been given a game misconduct, which he finally did after performing another cheap hit on Flyers star Claude Giroux. Neal has to sit out at least Game 4 if not be suspended for further games (although Pittsburgh may very well be eliminated Wednesday night) because there is no place in the game for cheap shots like that.

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