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Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:46 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 11:59 pm

By Brian Stubits

Alex Ovechkin is known for his scoring. Since he was selected first overall in the 2004 draft, he's reminded everybody why.

But it shouldn't be forgotten that Ovechkin is also a power forward. He is a big body who will lay the wood. Big hits from Ovechkin aren't uncommon at all.

There was one hit from Ovechkin in particular in the Capitals' OT loss to the Penguins on Sunday afternoon that drew some attention. And not in a good way for the Caps captain.

That hit on the Penguins' Zbynek Michalek drew no penalty call from the officials in the game. Seeing it on replay, it no doubt deserved one, his skates clearly came off the ice to deliver the check to Michalek.

It's close to being a situation where the principal point of contact is the head as well. But it does appear that the first contact comes on Michalek's shoulder before going through to his head.

I wouldn't be surprised if this draws a phone call from Brendan Shanahan. Right now I'd think there's no suspension coming Ovechkin's way but he could get a warning, something Shanahan has done with other players this season. It's certainly within the realm of possibility he could be punished for the hit, but my premonition is that it won't get a suspension. However I've been wrong -- many times -- before when it comes to suspensions this season.

At the least, it was a penalty that was missed in the game. And it was also a reminder about the bad blood that exists in the Pens-Caps rivalry. It's about more than Sid vs. Ovi (that's a big part of what built the rivalry).

It must be mentioned that Michalek had his own questionable hit later in the game. That one did lead to a penalty after he boarded Matt Hendricks in the corner. What goes around comes around I guess.

As is the case with Ovechkin's hit, it will garner a harder look from Shanahan. Any time a player is hit in or near the head, the league will look hard at it.

Now I'll let you make the calls.

UPDATE: Turns out each player could, in fact, be in line for a suspension as the NHL announced on Sunday that night that each player has a discipline hearing slated for Monday.

More NHL Discipline news
Recap: Pens 4, Caps 3 (OT)

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Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:04 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

cheap shot artist ov gets 3 games.  I want him on my team!  It was deserved but it should have been at least 4 games. 

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:34 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

I couldn't agree more.  He is clearly talented enough to produce better than he has been.  The he is just too undisciplined on and off the ice to focus on his job as a professional hockey player.   If the stories are true, he needs to spend less time in bars with the ladies and more time on the ice. 

I have never understood why everyone in the NHL overlooked his punk/goon style of play.  He goes out of his way to try to hurt people.  No talent goons from the AHL get hired for that,  a player with Alex Ovechkin's skill set has no business making stupid plays like that. He is a scorer, period.  He needs to concentrate on that and quit playing like a minor leaguer.  I can't believe Dale Hunter can't get through to him.... oops.  What am I thinking??? Dale Hunter was a consummate cheap shot artist/goon.  Just ask Pierre Turgeon.

Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:14 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

Just think if that hit was by Matt Cook, he would of been suspended for the rest of the year.   As Mario said Garage League!!!   No consistancy...   &nb
sp; Go Pens!!

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:30 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

Looks like a good clean hard hockey hit.  No suspension

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:20 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

looked clean to me...whats all the fuss?

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:14 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

No suspension for Michalek.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:04 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

Awww...Sissy Ray is just mad is widdle old team choked again in the Playoffs.
That along with the continued demise of the Capitals makes you all Sad inside....

I laugh in your general gone, your teams are terrible.  You have no relevance here.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:02 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

It definitely would be about a 5 game suspension, if he was a  Bruin...but since he's not, no suspension, no penalty no nuttin!

Why do you Boston Bruin fans keep acting like the league is unfair to you?  The truth of the matter is the league could have suspended Bruins players more then they have this season, you got away with a couple bad ones the league did nothing about.   Lucic creamed Miller, by rule he should have been suspended because the goalie is not "fair game" and he did nothing to avoid hitting him.  Marchand could have had 3 or 4 suspensions by now.... pretty sure McQaid got away with one as well.

Don't act like a victim..... Boston has been lucky this year man.  

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:01 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

Ovechkin no doubt should be suspended. Leaving your feet is intent to injure. I don't care that he hit the shoulder slightly before he hit the head. He still hit the head and he did it with an illegal check. If the NHL is serious about eliminating head shots, they will suspend him. Show him, and the league, that you can't leave your feet to hit someone high. If he stays on the ice with his feet and stick, it would have been perfectly fine. He didn't. He needs to be taught a lesson. He needs to sit for a few games. I'd say at least 4 games, but I bet he doesn't get more than 2.

Michalek's is tougher. Hendricks clearly crouches down and Michalek has never been called a dirty player. He saw his numbers and could have let up, but he didn't so he should get at least a game.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:01 pm

Was Ovechkin's hit on Michalek punishable?

I think that the PA announcer at the Pens game is the same guy that was calling the points in the movie Sideout...Just saying...

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