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Should Ovechkin Be Suspended?

I am not going to put up a yes or no poll but rather ask you to comment and tell me if Alexander Ovechkin should/should not be suspended for his boarding call on Brian Campbell yesterday.

This from a Darren Dreger tweet this morning,

NHL is defining “boarding” now and in light of the severity of B.Campbell’s injury, Ovechkin may face suspension.

Also, Tarik El-Bashir tweeted earlier this morning,

I’m hearing the Caps have/are going to ask the NHL to rescind the major penalty assessed to Alex Ovechkin yesterday for his hit/shove.

If you want to review the hit, you can watch it here.

added 11:16am, via Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I don’t think Alex should have received a game misconduct for that play. I don’t think he should miss our next game either. Matt Cooke didn’t get suspended or a penalty called on his hit last week, but Alex Ovechkin the league’s MVP did on that play? I don’t get it. But it is what it is. We will move on, play hard and we won’t “explain or complain”.

added 11:20am, Damien Cox tweets,

NHL had no plans to suspend Ovechkin on Sunday. If they’ve changed their minds now, Caps should appeal.

added 11:26am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Since Alexander Ovechkin’s previous boarding major (Patrick Kaleta) happened more than 41 games ago, there is no automatic suspension. (Crazy coincidence: Chicago was game number 42.) But, he admitted post-game that he pushed Brian Campbell - and pushing guys from behind into the boards doesn’t go over well, especially now that Campbell may be out for the rest of the regular season.

read more hockey topics from Elliottte…

added 11:30am, Bob McKenzie tweets,

I will be surprised if Ovechkin is not suspended for a couple of games. Campbell’s injury is the big factor now.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+campbell

Blackhawks Must Fix Their Issues

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

As Jonathan Toews embraced the elephant in the dressing room following the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime loss Sunday to the Capitals, only two other teammates were within earshot of their captain.

What a shame. Every Hawk who has been coasting since the Olympic break needed to hear what Toews had to say. If the game was any indication though, they would have stopped listening two-thirds of the way through his statement.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame,” Toews said after Nicklas Backstrom’s unassisted goal with 1 minute 50 seconds left in overtime slipped past Antti Niemi. “We have to take responsibility for it and somehow be better for the experience. … We’ve got the most skill in the league and there’s no reason when we’re up 3-0 not to finish the job.”...

Good leaders face adversity the way Toews did. But Chicago has reached the stage in the Blackhawks’ growth where actions must weigh heavier than words.

read on

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Don’t Expect An Ovechkin Suspension

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun at the London Free Press,

...At the same time, don’t expect a suspension to be handed out in this matter, according to a league source.

While Ovechkin deservedly was slapped with a boarding major and game misconduct for his brain cramp, league officials know it did not contain the same type of intent or viciousness as the incident one week earlier in which the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke blindsided Boston’s Marc Savard, leaving the Bruins forward likely out for the season with a concussion.

By not suspending Cooke for a far more malicious act, how could the NHL justify any supplemental discipline for Ovechkin in this matter?

read on

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+campbell

Brian Campbell Out At Least Three Games

via Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

Campbell left the game and has been declared out for the Hawks’ upcoming three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Anaheim. Coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say for sure that the injury would not affect him the rest of the season.

“We’ll see. We’ll get a better assessment as we go along here,” Quenneville said. “Soupy [Campbell] is going to be out for a bit here…It was a tough hit. A dangerous hit.”

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Ovechkin With Five For Boarding and A Game Misconcduct

Pushed Brian Campbell into the boards and is gone from the game.

Campbell was slow in getting up, may be winded or a shoulder issue and did skate off and went to the locker room.

Proper call?

added 1:26pm, video of the hit…

added 1:35pm, NBC crew says Campbell will not return.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+campbell

Morning Line

“I don’t question too much about what people think.  I believe in myself. I know I can do great things for the team.”

-Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet.  More on Huet from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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Blackhawks Have Time To Find Their ‘Hot’ Goalie

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Whether all the angst is a reflection of the goaltending or the shrillness of sports discussion in this city is a question for another day. I will say that if I see one more despondent Hawks fan jump into the Chicago River after a loss, I’ll probably pick up a phone and report it, just to save his life out of spite.

I’ll also say that faith is a dwindling natural resource these days.

You might as well buckle up and get behind the goalies. Huet or Niemi (or both) is going to be your playoff goaltender. After tonight’s game against the Kings, the Hawks have 16 games until the postseason begins. There’s enough time to calm the sea. Niemi gets the start against L.A.

Hockey people like to say that hot goalies can win playoff series almost singlehandedly. Who’s to say Huet or Niemi won’t get hot?

And who’s to say that whomever the Hawks had acquired before the trade deadline wouldn’t have turned lukewarm in the postseason?

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Afternoon Line

Someone needs to wake up the kids who have committed to the Indian. Wake up everybody. Someone needs to remind them that management either failed to trade for a goalie or chose not to because the organ-I-zation didn’t want to yank anyone out of what appears to be a tight-knit dressing room.

If your best players are going to be some of your worst, then your goalie—whoever it is, doesn’t matter, it’s clearly your weakest position—has no chance. And if your goalie has no chance, you can forget about June, and maybe even May.

Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune.  More on the Blackhawks at his RosenBlog.

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Why Chicago Did Not Pull The Trigger On A Huet Trade

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Strongly believe there was one, possibly two teams who were willing to take Cristobal Huet from Chicago. (Should clarify: I’m more certain about one than the other.) But the Blackhawks decided to stand pat, much to the surprise of other GMs. Unloading Huet’s contract (two years remaining, $5.625 million cap hit) would have cost at least a first-rounder and an established player. (I know you’re going to ask, but I’d be guessing on whom. The source wouldn’t tell me.)

Why did Chicago decline? Scotty Bowman believes strongly in the Detroit model: If you don’t have a top-three goalie, you protect him with great team defence and puck possession. The Blackhawks – disciplined and talented – have a shot. But, to duplicate the Red Wings’ success, they will have to show two things: their forwards are as committed to back pressure as Detroit’s and their defensive corps is as good. As great as the Blackhawks look, we’re talking Lidstrom/Rafalski/Kronwall/Stuart here. What a tough, tough call to make.

more hockey talk and notes…

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Evening Line

Strange as it sounds, even in defeat, the Blackhawks were the better hockey team.  A proper respect still remains for the Red Wings prowess, but the fear is gone.  Over a long series, Chicago’s talent should win out.  Plus, Howards’ long rebounds are hardly an upgrade over the Hawks goaltending woes.

-Mark Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential.  More on The Wings/Blackhawks game.


A few emails today from Chicago fans claiming the refs wanted the Wings to win because of the goalie interference call against Dustin Byfuglien.

All I can say is get used to it and watch the video for an example.

 

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