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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: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:33 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Nice thought but most of the people posting are hockey fans. Ovie needs to stopping leaving his feet when he hits people. He is skipping the all star game and that is on him. It only makes him look bad.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:02 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Been watching hockey for over 30 years,...and I can't help but wonder what the heck is happening to this game. It's certaintly not the same, and has the appeal of figure skating now. It's a fast game and getting faster, and these players are taught to hit, take out the man, or you don't play. I am not condoning what Ovechkin did, but it was certaintly not intended. These things happen in a fast game. 

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:59 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games reality check

Stupidity at its best.Nice mindless comment.Hendrick was almost kneeling when the contact was made.Ovechkin had to jump up to reach Michaleks head.Its elementary too see .You couldn't possibly b that stupid to actually believe your post.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:46 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

ovechkin is a puck hoggin ,cheap shottin,whimp.See the fight against{rangers)Callahan

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:08 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Do you really think Ovie missing all star game could really hurt the awful ratings all star game allready has?  If he feels like making a statement by doing it.  Good on him I guess.  Not sure if anyone will really be watching to see it though.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:56 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

The NHL made a ridiculous call with the 3 game suspension.  I don't have a problem with Ovie deciding to stay away and giving the NHL a little something in return.  No Crybaby Crosby and no Ovechkin at the All-Star Game.. Sorry NHL..   Next, the NHL will suspend players who fight.  Gimme a break. 

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:52 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

That Ovechkin launched himself into Michalek, left his feet and clearly targeted the head warrants no less than a 10 game suspension.

you sound like a gay.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:43 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Ov is clueless or else he thinks he can do anything and not have to be held accountable for it.  He is brooding and sulking because Shanny finally got tired of his dirty hits.  I want him on my team.  Him and Subban, two of the dirtiest players in the NHL.  He even admits he left his feet, jumping into the opponent and driving thru to his head.  OV that is dangerous and illegal.  He is just a Stadda Bubba! 

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:09 pm

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

Another thing that could have been taken into consideration is Ovechkin's spear on Chris Neil earlier this year. He avoided suspension or fine there, but maybe Shanahan told him he wouldn't get away with another fineable/suspendable offense.

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:36 am

Alex Ovechkin suspended 3 games

I am constantly wondering if some simple respect for fellow athletes should/would lessen some of the illegal hits in the NHL as well as the NFL. The guy they are hitting and possibly maming is basically a fellow worker in NHL.
  Ovechkin and Michalek are both 6'2". When Ovechkin leaves his feet, any hit is going to be aimed at head.
  Some posters complain about digging up past hits from over a year ago as though O has been a good boy lately. I haven't heard any statement/rule from NHL or NFL that states that a players slate is clean of past bad hits  when a new season starts.

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