The fact that we are discussing the loss of our best player in the playoffs (Brian Boyle) and no one did anything about it really says something about this team. Torts has been terribly out coached in this series and even though it was a close game he could have sent Rupp out there to settle the score with Neil, but he did nothing like the rest of the team. This team fell apart at the end of the season and has one game to show up, let's see if torts does anything. Neil should be suspended as that hit looked very similar to Torres hit, but Boyle is a nobody so nothing will happen.
This is how you lose your composure especially when you are losing.
My problem with the hit was Neil didn't glide he charged, left his feet clearly, and aimed for Boyles head. It is similar to Torres hit and the "new NHL" you are not supposed to hit defenseless players in the head. It doesn't matter that his head was down you can't hit players in the head when they are prone, the Scott Stevens days are over.
Originally Posted by derriko
Sen fan coming in peace. First off I hope Boyle is okay. Concussions this year have been ridiculous, and he's been your best player along with Lundquist. I also didn't mind what he did to Karlsson at all, its the playoffs and thats hockey.
But its a little delusional to think that was suspension worthy. Boyle crossed the middle of the ice with his head down..... Thats just asking to be killed. In fact, I would be pissed if one of our guys let up a chance to lay out your guy's best forward this series. Neil didn't take any strides, and I don't see where he left his feet? Maybe I'll watch the replay a couple more times. Also, everyone hates Neil, but he has either none, or one suspension in his whole career.
And who would you want to respond to Neil that was on the ice when Boyle got concussed? Gaborik, staal, del zotto or Richards? Get real man! The senators played Carkner to go after Boyle and it worked. Torts only coaching ability is to change the lines. If he has del zotto skate through the center of the ice On the PP and leave a drop pass one more time for Richards I'm going to kill myself. Torts has to actually coach the team and use players in the role sather signed them for. Rupp should be making sure our opponents are not taking liberties with our team, they have been all series and Rupp and Bickel never get a chance at them.
Originally Posted by Stylizer1
It's the players on the ice that need to respond right away. Not the next shift or 2. That only happens if you have team toughness.