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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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Comments

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:16 pm
 

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Surprised Z isn't suspended.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:14 pm
 

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

since i don't see this anywhere on here... Zbynek Michalek not suspended. that play was 2 minutes - which by the way i am fine with. 

forearm to the neck, driving into the boards. boarding call made.  2 mins - no suspension. again, i am fine with that.  



stupid ass ovechkin. next time just try to cripple someone next time with a forearm to the back of the neck and drive their face into the glass!


stupid russians.  when will they ever learn! 



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

3 games for charging. ok got it. NEXT! 


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