PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins forwards James Neal and Arron Asham were each handed suspensions by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan late Tuesday night for their actions in Sunday’s 8-5 loss to Philadelphia in Game 3.
Neal is suspended for Game 4, while Asham is suspended for the next three games.
Neal was involved in two hits Sunday that involved the head area. He hit Sean Couturier away from the puck with an elbow to the head and later hit Claude Giroux in the head area as well.
Neal’s suspension came on the Giroux hit.
Asham hit Philadelphia’s Braydon Schenn with a cross-check in the upper chest/throat area. Once Schenn fell to the ice, Asham punched him in the back of the head.
Asham received a match penalty for the hit.
The Penguins will likely be forced to use all of their healthy scratches in Game 4: Joe Vitale, Eric Tangradi and Dustin Jeffrey.
The Penguins trail Philadelphia 3-0 in the series and face elimination.