PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Things couldn’t possibly get worse for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers could they?
The Penguins are down 3-0 in the series and now, James Neal and Arron Asham are going to face disciplinary hearings with the NHL on Tuesday for their actions in Game 3.
According to TSN.ca, Neal will actually have two hearings regarding third period hits to Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux.
Neal is also listed as a repeat offender after receiving a two-game suspension for a hit on Derek Dorsett last season. He was also fined $2,500 for catching P.K. Subban with a high stick earlier this season.
Asham’s hearing will be in person, which has signified a suspension coming forth in the past.
In the first period, Paul Martin played a puck along the boards in his defensive zone and he was hit hard by Brayden Schenn.
Asham came over to confront Schenn about the hit and delivered a cross check to the throat area. With Schenn on the ice suffering from the cross check, Asham continued to punch him in the back of the head.
The Penguins will look to keep their season alive when they take the ice for Game 4 Wednesday night.