James Neal nearly decapitates Connor Hellebuyck, goal counts anyway

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/3818/" data-ylk="slk:James Neal">James Neal</a> shatters stick over <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/5820/" data-ylk="slk:Connor Hellebuyck">Connor Hellebuyck</a>’s mask, but the goal stands. (Twitter/@atf13atf)
James Neal shatters stick over Connor Hellebuyck’s mask, but the goal stands. (Twitter/@atf13atf)

No one knows what goalie interference is — but, I mean, this, I don’t know, man.

Connor Hellebuyck appeared to have the puck smothered in his equipment until James Neal came in, swinging a big ol’ piece of lumber. Neal nearly beheaded the Winnipeg Jets goaltender, helping pry the puck loose for Erik Haula to slide home for his 19th of the season with the Golden Knights.

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Thankfully, that’s just a chunk of Neal’s stick and not a section of Hellebuyck’s Adam’s apple you saw soaring through the air.

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