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Report: Shanahan to conduct rare double discipline hearing with Pittsburgh’s Neal

James Neal Penguins

It’s the kind of ruling that would make Dear Vernon Wormer proud.

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal will have not one, but two, hearings with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan on Tuesday. It’s like double-secret probation, only not secret and we’re unsure about the probation part!

Neal will be discussing the hits he laid on both Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux during Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

If you haven’t seen them yet, here’s the Couturier hit:

And here’s the Giroux hit:

Neal could be facing serious ramifications given his potential repeat offender status. Assuming 2009 is within the statute of limitations, his two-game suspension for this hit on Derek Dorsett could come into effect:

Neal was also fined $2,500 in November for high-sticking Montreal defenseman PK Subban.