Neil rises to the defence

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Chris Neil isn't going to let anybody push his teammates around.

That's why the Senators winger was quick to jump to Bryan Smolinski's defence after a late hit by Flyers defenceman Denis Gauthier in the third period of Saturday's 6-3 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

"You have to do something about it," said Neil. "You have to make sure something is said and done because there's no need for players to be running around out there doing stuff like that."

Gauthier, who had hit Neil into the boards earlier in the game, suffered a facial cut as a result of the fight and that's why it was stopped quickly.

"I kind of felt bad for the guy," said Neil. "He's not a fighter, but you can't have guys doing things like that without sending some kind of message."

Senators coach Bryan Murray discussed the incident with referee Kerry Fraser

Said Murray: "I told Kerry Fraser ... 'here's the thing I don't understand ... Brian McGrattan hits Denis Gauthier behind the net, he gets an interference penalty and it ends up costing us a goal. This guy, Gauthier, then hits Smolinski and doesn't get called for anything. I just need to understand how this kind of thing can happen. That's all I am trying to figure out.' "


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