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via Tarik El-Bashir tweet,
Ovechkin has been suspended two games by the NHL.
TORONTO (March 15, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a reckless hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell during NHL game #1022, March 14.
The incident occurred at 12:16 of the first period. Ovechkin was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play. Campbell was injured on the play.
added 6:11pm, from the Capitals PR department,
Statement from George McPhee, Washington Capitals vice president and general manager
“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.”
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
The Red Wings have three days off this week, smack dab in the middle of their final road swing through western Canada this season.
Instead of staying in Calgary after Monday’s game, or heading to Edmonton early for Friday’s game, the Wings will spend a few days in the picturesque city of Kelowna, British Columbia.
And the welcome mat will certainly be extend to the Wings, especially coach Mike Babcock, who returns to Canada this week for the first time since he coached Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal last month.
“Everybody is excited to see Mike as a gold medal winner, and the Red Wings,” said Bruce Hamilton, the president and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
So, you’re the NHL. Your sport just had the most watched hockey game in three decades in the United States.
You follow up that golden Olympic Sunday on Feb. 28 with an opening fortnight in March that would make the world’s best PR person want to run for the hills.
• March 7: Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke levels Boston star Marc Savard with a devastating hit, reigniting the talk of head shots, etc. The hit just happens to occur on the eve of the NHL’s GM meetings where head shots are the headlining topic.
A woman came up to me at the grocery store and chewed me out, telling me if I thought I was going to take Mike (Fisher) away from Ottawa, I had another thing coming, and she wasn’t kidding. She let me know she loved him and he was going to stay here, period, no matter what I said. She might have been kidding, but she wasn’t being funny.”
-Carrie Underwood via TheBoot.
NEW YORK (March 15, 2010)—Vancouver Canucks right wing Mikael Samuelsson, Phoenix Coyotes right wing Lee Stempniak and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 14.
from the Calgary Herald,
After a sub-par first period that ended up costing Calgary the game on Sunday, the Flames try to rebound tonight against the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Check in with our game-day experts and have your say on tonight’s contest.
Vicki Hall, hockey writer, Calgary Herald
Bank on seeing: The Flames roar out of the tunnel with fire after such a dismal opening period Sunday night in Vancouver….A glimpse of offensive magic from the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg….Robyn Regehr take on the heavy lifting of removing the carcass of one Tomas Holmstrom from the Calgary crease.
The score: Calgary 3 Detroit 2
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Here are 10 players who joined new teams last summer that are paying dividends, and a few who have missed the mark.
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers.
Many wondered if the Rangers made a mistake signing a player with a history of injuries to a long, rich contract, but Gaborik has been gold for the Blueshirts….
Martin Havlat, Minnesota Wild
Brought in to replace Gaborik, Havlat has been a disappointment with just 15 goals in 61 games. This guy can be a human highlight film when he is on his game, but that has not been the case very often this season.
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.
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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.
“Olympic hangover?. Excuses are for losers. You knew the level of play was going to be higher coming out of the Olympics than it was going in. That’s just the way our game is. You have to want it bad. Bottom line, we don’t have enough guys wanting it bad.”
-Ducks GM Bob Murray on the play of his team. More from Randy Youngman of the OC Register.
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