didnt cherry also forget to mention that neil (From what i read,cuz i didnt actually get to see the game) was pointing at burke, not dingman? cherry made it seem like he was challenging dingman.
No. Cherry made the point that Neil was challenging the Lightning. Thatís why Dingman did something. You donít challenge another player, whether itís an enforcer, a sniper or the goaltender and not expect to be taken up on it. This is a team game. You challenge one player, you have challenged them all.
Of course he did. NO ONE has denied this. People coming on to our board and informing us of this fact are not providing any new and original information. (not going after your kj514) If you go down in the fetal position, that's the very definition of turtling. Get out your Neil Turtle avatars if you like.
(2) Was what Neil did smart?
Well, they scored 2 on the PP. So I would say yes. Despite what some have said, the game was NOT out of reach at the time and Ottawa was under considerable pressure.
(3) Was what Neil did dishonorable and cheap?
As Neil is an enforcer, sure it is. He suckered Dingman in and didn't even try to fight back. His reputation took a hit, no doubt about it. I think Neil knew it was coming and said as much after the game.
-We'll see what the fallout is in the next game.
-For the record, I'm sure his teammates realized that Neil put the team ahead of his own reputation, and even Tortorella recognized that Chris was just doing his job.
Are we Sens fans afraid that if Dingman, or anyone in this league challenged Neil to a fight that Neil would be scared and not fight? Didnt think so. Neil didnt turtle out of fear like claude lemieux or Avery when challenged by a far bigger and stronger Gratts. He turtled first well he was down and had to protect himself, but 2nd because it was a tactic. He taunted, they responded as they should, he turtled after suckering him into throwing the game, Neils teammates are all happy and praising him. Dingman is benched and called out in the media by his coach.
Some Sens fans dont seem to like the tactic. The word makes them queazy. Your loss i figure.