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Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:41 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 6:54 pm

By: Adam Gretz

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended three games for a hit delivered on Sunday afternoon, the NHL announced on Monday evening.

The hit occurred early in the second period, with the Capitals trailing 2-0, and as he and Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek went into the corner for a loose puck Ovechkin delivered a hit to the head along the boards. There was no penalty called on the play.

"Ovechkin has Michalek lined up for what could and should be a clean, hard body check," said Shanahan on his latest suspension video. "However, he launches himself to deliver the hit on Michalek.

"Although Michalek's shoulder might be the initial point of contact for this hit, the act of launching causes contact to Michalek's head. Often on big hits or collisions a player's feet will come off the ice slightly as a result of the impact. This however is not one of those occassions. Ovechkin drives up, launching and recklessly making contact with Michalek's head."

Shanahan also added that he accepts that Ovechkin did not intend to hit Michalek in the head, but said "the moment Ovechkin launches himself in the air prior to the hit, he becomes responsible for any contact to the head."

Ovechkin's prior history was also taken into account, as he has been suspended twice and fined twice previously in his career. Back in 2009 he received a two-game ban for a knee-on-knee hit to Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. He also suspended that season for a boarding incident involving Brian Campbell.

He will miss Washington's upcoming games with Boston, Tampa Bay and Florida. Obviously that game against the Panthers, which will take place on Feb. 1, is a big one as the Capitals and Panthers are currently in a back-and-forth fight for the top spot in the Southeast Division. He will be eligible to return to the Capitals lineup on Feb. 4 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Even though he's currently suspended, he will be eligible to play in next weekend's All-Star game in Ottawa.

His absence also adds to the current problems facing the Capitals as the team is already playing without center Nicklas Backstrom and top defenseman Mike Green. Washington is starving for offense right now, and this won't help.

Even though Michalek was on the receiving end of the hit from Ovechkin, he also had a disciplinary hearing with Shanahan on Monday for a hit he delivered in the same game on Capitals forward Matt Hendricks (you can watch it right here). While Ovechkin was suspended for three games, Michalek will not be disciplined for his hit, which will only add more fuel to the fire when it comes to (the lack of) consistency and NHL discipline.

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Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:28 pm

Matt Cooke (No more dirty than most enforcers)

Amen 2 that.Like that hit that canadian Max pacioretty put on Letang.Almost identical to the hit Cooke put on Savard, but will never hear the end of that.(though Cooke hit a descending player that was shooting while pacioretty hit Letang who was way more upright).Lets quit suspending players for their reps and start suspending them 4 their actions.Cooke is treated so unfairly its ridiculous,.Yeah lets all jump on the Versus band wagon with Edzo and pierre mcguire ( Disgruntled former penguin employees]and worship cheap shot artists like Dale Hunter.Please that guy should be banned from any Nhl events 4 life after what he did 2 turgeon in the playoffs some years back.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:23 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

I can appreciate the suspension with the PSA style video breakdown, but I am wondering if there are more or less head (or any other kind of) injuries now then in the past.  Seems like more, but it might just be that it is getting reported on more.  Before the head injury craze I was always amazed with how careless guys were with their sticks.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:21 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Can't understand why the leagues trying to keep Ovie down :(

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:14 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

yeah right o-v is the biggest cheap shot in the game.Gets no discipline for it at all'yet u o-v lover or penguin haters still cry.I hope 4 your sake u dont honestly believe what u wrote.O-v left his feet[which is illegal in itself]and made contact with Michaleks head somewhere around 5 and 1/2 feet at the contact point.[not to mention there was no sudden movement to use as an ecuse for y there was cotact with the head]Michalek's hit was delivered on a player who was ducking and the contact point was at roughly 4 feet.[Not that he shouldnt have pulled up or kept his stick down ....which would have made it legal but no less dangerous]but u have to be a blind bias O-v lover to have this point of view.Your take is absurd

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:54 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Ovechkin leaves his feet more than any player in the league and gets away with it.  Truth is, he could get suspended every game.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:44 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Poor Matt Cook and the Pens. Always getting cheap shot. You are as bad as the Philly fans.

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:31 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

I love how people bring up Ovechkins past. His last suspension was 18 months ago, so he was no longer a repeat offender under the NHLs rules. Now, does he deserve to be suspended? Yes. He hit the head, accidental or not it deserves a suspension. But a 10 game suspension as some of you are saying? Thats outrageous. I feel the current three game ban (or even a four or five game ban) is enough. 

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:24 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

It isn't a warning but it's a start.

Michalek has already had a concussion this season, who knows if he gets one from this hit too.

Pens opponents now have been suspended for 6 games this year, Pens have lost 6 players to concussions, let's say for 100-120 games between them (yes Crosby is a little special here).

The league could save itself an awful lot of hurt by adding it to the rulebook. Hits to the head = 10 game ban, subsequent hits to the head = a mandatory ban of at least 20 games.

On the bright side the NHL Player emergency fund is going to be a lot richer. 

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:09 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Michalek hit from behind on Hendricks was worse then the OV hit. Its just the OV one looks worse from him leaving his feet. Michalek drove Hendricks into the borads from behind.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:07 pm
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