The NHL has suspended Alexander Ovechkin 2 games for his hit on Brian Campbell of Chicago yesterday. Ovechkin was given a five minute boarding major and game misconduct in the first period of a contest in which the Caps rallied from three goals down to win, 4-3, in overtime. Campbell reportedly suffered upper body injuries that will likely cause him to miss the remainder of the regular season.
Ovechkin will miss Tuesday night’s Caps game in Florida and Thursday’s tilt in Carolina.
COMMENT: I don’t like seeing anyone get hurt but if you watch the replay again you will see that just before falling something happens to Campbell’s right skate. Jeff Marek, of HNIC radio, said that he watched it frame by frame and that #51 hit a rut. I maintain that had Campbell not hit the rut he would have remained upright and would not have been injured and the Great #8 would not have gotten a penalty nor a suspension. But it is, what it is.
UPDATE: Capitals GM George McPhee has issued the following statement on the suspension:
“We have no problem with the way Alex tried to finish his check. Unfortunately, an injury resulted. We are disappointed with the suspension but do not want to comment further.”