Alexander Ovechkin was suspended today for two games by the NHL for his hit on Tim Gleason in last night’s game against Carolina. Gleason was not hurt and returned to the contest two shifts later while Ovechkin was ejected for the second time in just five days. However, based on how he went off the ice after being down for several minutes the Great #8 very likely would not have been able to return to the game due to what first appeared to be a serious injury.
But there was good news Tuesday for Caps fans as Ovie was able to skate on his own for five minutes before his teammates took the ice at Kettler Ice Plex and he does not appear to have major damage. Ovechkin spoke with reporters this afternoon and you can hear it here. The team is still evaluating his injury and monitoring it very closely. Later in the day, the Great #8 received word of his suspension and here is his statement on that:
“I regret that this has happened. I’m glad that Tim wasn’t injured because I never ever want to see anyone get hurt. I am disappointed to miss these games and I can’t wait to get back on the ice next week to help my team.”
So Oveckin, injury or not, will miss Thursday’s home game against the Florida Panthers and Saturday’s tilt in Philadelphia.
The interesting thing about Ovechkin’s interview today is he says he is not going to change the way he plays. I will have more on that development on Wednesday, but I have a feeling those words make GM George McPhee, Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau, owner Ted Leonsis, and Caps/Ovechkin fans everywhere cringe.