I don't think so. I don't think those two words have ever been said in the same sentence before. Maybe like " Niel pass me the turtle soup" or something like that. Theguy gets taken down when he didn't even see it coming, he didn't have a chance. But it got us a 7 min power play. Neil would have fought him, but it worked out better this way.
I only posted this because of all the bashers on the TSN.ca board. Silly people. Wait till game 4.
If to turtle describes an action of a player-dropping down to the knees, and covering the head- Neil unselfishly turtled for the benefit of the team.
However, many comments on the EC board labeling Neil a turtle are implying that he was afraid of Dingman, couldn't finish what he started and is ultimately a coward. I don't agree with this. Neil made a calculation not to fight for the benefit of the team and plus he was jumped. He is not afraid of Dingman. They have fought in the past, and both won a decision in their two bouts in 2003/2004
I agree that he turtled, but that it was a great time to do so.
The best was his post game interview were the reporter asked him about it, paraphrased as such: "What happened? Well they got a 7 minute penalty, we scored 2 goals, and that was pretty much all she wrote!!"
Sorry, the quote is not perfect, but I was imbibbing throughout the course of the game, and therefore my memory at the end of it was less than stellar
I think that Neil turtle because Dingman got him out of balance and having already drop his glove .
He knew that by keeping his glove and not fighting since he was already in trouble out of balance he could do more damage then fightng back.
I wouldn t be surprise if he fight Dingman in the next game .But yes he took the shot for his team , he can clearely go against Dingman in normal time , but by not going it s help the team last night .
Neil was pissed off at a Tampa player (Fedotenko?) for an allegedly 'running' incident against Emery (which was really more of a 'get bumped into the goalie and then put my stick beside his head and wave my stick around, bumping into his neck'-incident). Neil charged into the crease and threw a couple of punches. Neil got a penalty for charging that player.
On his way to the penalty box, Neil is yapping at Burke that he's next, implying that if it's open season on goaltenders then Tampa can expect to pay a price too.
After the game Neil is asked about this and reveals that he was warned by the refs after threatening Burke and stayed out of the crease from that point on.
Some Tampa players react to Neil's threats to Burke, and man-handling of Fedotenko, by targeting him for retaliation. Ottawa wins.
"He was trying to set the tone for the rest of the series," Burke said of Dingman. "He just didn't get Neil to fight. We have to back Dinger. We know how much he cares. It didn't work out in that situation, but no one is saying that was a dumb thing to do."