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Oveckin Suspended Three Games

via Bob McKenzie tweet.

Three game suspension for Alexander Ovechkin.

More as it comes in…

added 6:33pm, Shanahan explains the suspension.

added 6:43pm, you can read the NHL release below…

NEW YORK (Jan. 23, 2012)—Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for three games without pay for a charging incident in which he launched himself to hit Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek during NHL Game #714 in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Jan. 22, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ovechkin will forfeit $154,677.75. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 4:05 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

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Evilpens's avatar

Bout Friggin time

Posted by Evilpens on 01/23/12 at 08:38 PM ET

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Oh this is great. No suspension for Michalek and three games for Ovechkin? Get ready for ‘Buttman loves the Pens.’

Keep in mind, Engelland, Letang, Cooke, and Kunitz have all been suspended since March 2011. But let the short-sightedness begin.

Posted by cs6687 on 01/23/12 at 08:43 PM ET

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Posted by cs6687 on 01/23/12 at 06:43 PM ET

Cry, cry, cry…

Posted by Garth on 01/23/12 at 08:48 PM ET

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But let the short-sightedness begin.

Posted by cs6687 on 01/23/12 at 06:43 PM ET


You mean like the Pens fans on the Zetterberg post saying he didn’t get suspended because Shanny is an ex-Wing?

Anyway, anyone know what the NHL policy on suspended players playing in the All Star game is?  Just curious how that’s going to work.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 01/23/12 at 08:49 PM ET

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3 games seems light for a repeat offender on such a reckless hit.

How many would Andy Sutton have gotten?

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 01/23/12 at 08:54 PM ET

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Had I been in Shanahan’s shoes I would have issued suspensions to Zetterberg (perhaps just a fine), Michalek and Ovechkin.

One out of three ain’t bad…

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 01/23/12 at 08:58 PM ET

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This was the right call to suspend AO.  Michalek should have gotten at least a fine, but they got one of the two right. 

While this relates to AO it’s more of a general question, but how many times does a player need to get suspended before they have to miss significant time?  3 games should be a starting point for any suspensions (though I would prefer 5, then 10, then 20).

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 01/23/12 at 08:58 PM ET

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My biggest issue with this (and other suspensions) is the “appearance of an apparent injury” claim.

Injuries should definitely play a roll in how long/heavy a suspension is, but lack of injury shouldn’t carry the same weight. There was a 50/50 chance that Michalek could have gotten a concussion or any other upper-body injury.

The fact of the matter is this: Ovechkin left his feet and made contact with the opponent’s head and is a repeat offender. Just because Michalek wasn’t injured shouldn’t take away from the severity of the suspension.

Ovechkin has proven time and again that he’s a dirty player—Sergei Gonchar knee-on-knee hit, anyone? He’s not going to learn his lesson unless he gets a tougher suspension.

Posted by journohoff from Detroit, MI on 01/23/12 at 09:02 PM ET

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A penalty, yes but a suspension?  Total BS.  Had whiney lil’ cindy crosby done that, he’d have gotten a pat on the back, a contract extension and a spot on the highlight reels for “hit of the year”, but no suspension.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 01/23/12 at 09:03 PM ET

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Posted by sean_o_sean on 01/23/12 at 07:03 PM ET

Excellent.  I was hoping for some intelligent insight to this matter!

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/23/12 at 09:11 PM ET

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Excellent.  I was hoping for some intelligent insight to this matter!

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Milford, CT on 01/23/12 at 07:11 PM ET

Yep, his insight was almost as intelligent as yours on the Zetterberg post.  You guys cousins?

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 01/23/12 at 09:16 PM ET

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I keep telling these knot-head fish eaters from the Ketchup city that there really wasn;t even a penalty on Zetterberg’s non-hit, but they are as stupid as Brooks Orpik evidently.

Pittsburgh and Boston get away with an awful lot of questionable hits.  This needs to change.  It will not as long as the evil garden gnome is around.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 01/23/12 at 09:26 PM ET

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Buttman loves the Pens!  Woooooooooo!

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 01/23/12 at 09:28 PM ET

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Boo hoo the Pens get favored. Cindy Crysby this and that.

Wings fans are the whiniest crybaby poor us pussies in the world. And this site is full of them.

Get over yourselves for 5 minutes. Crosby lifted the Cup in your barn and it still eats away at you every day.

Waaaahhhhhh!

Posted by Steve from London on 01/23/12 at 09:59 PM ET

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I’d just like to say…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  That’s what being a dirty, repeat offender will get ya.  Less we forget who Ovi’s current coach is…one of the dirtiest players ever.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 01/23/12 at 10:04 PM ET

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I don’t think Steve understands sarcasm…

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 01/23/12 at 10:06 PM ET

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Just kidding.

Posted by Steve from London on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

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Just kidding.

Posted by Steve from London on 01/23/12 at 08:08 PM ET

Uh huh

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/23/12 at 11:07 PM ET

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Yep, his insight was almost as intelligent as yours on the Zetterberg post.  You guys cousins?

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 01/23/12 at 07:16 PM ET

The thing is…I was only joking.  This guy, not so much.

As much bullshit as you guys sling around here, I thought you’d be able to receive as well as you give out.  Guess not.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/23/12 at 11:39 PM ET

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whiney lil’ cindy crosby done that, he’d have gotten a pat on the back,

Couldn’t happen, Sindey’s agoraphobia wouldn’t let her jump that high.

 

OK, I agree that was waay over the line, but I couldn’t help it.

Posted by timbits on 01/24/12 at 12:15 AM ET

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Wait… if Ovie misses the ASG due to the suspension… does he get another suspension for not playing in the ASG?

So… confused…

Posted by Primis on 01/24/12 at 12:42 AM ET

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If I may….. actually, I don’t like Crosby, Ovechkin OR the Wings.  Detest all three to be honest (but especially cindy).

That said, Zetterberg shouldn’t have gotten as much as a penalty for that non hit.  His hand was on the guys back.  So what.  Dude lost his footing, there was no shove, no drive into the boards, nothing.  Zetterberg even went out of his way to NOT step on him when he was down -so un-pronger like!!  A really bad, bad call.

Ovechkin jumped into a guy.  Yep, he did, so give him a charging call.  But a suspension?  Come on….  Are we going to suspend every penalty now?  Every hit that goes a little high?  Or just the really, really egregious acts, like foot-stomping, stick-swinging and deliberate headhunting a defenseless opponent, which Michalek clearly wasn’t..

Posted by sean_o_sean on 01/24/12 at 01:04 AM ET

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Too true sean o sean; but he is a repeat offender and its a headshot.  Other than that, I agree.  Shanahan should be merciless with certain types of extreme play, and tone down the “comment on every hit” mentality.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/24/12 at 01:27 AM ET

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Ovie I mean.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/24/12 at 01:28 AM ET

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Every hit that goes a little high? 

Sorry man, a lot of what you said makes sense, but leaping into a guy’s head is not a hit that “goes a little high”.  There’s a huge gulf between “a little high” and “leaping into his head”.

That’s dirty.

That should be suspendable no matter who you are.

Especially if that’s one of your particular MOs.

Posted by Garth on 01/24/12 at 01:52 AM ET

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Are we going to suspend every penalty now?

I agree, not every call needs supplemental discipline. But there are those such as Ovie who make these dangerous type plays fairly frequently. Maybe there should be (or maybe there already is internally) a ‘watch list’ of a sort for dangerous play. Where you get away with a “minor” charging or three, and only deal with in game penalties. But if it becomes a frequent occurrence, then maybe you get a warning call from the league and the next such play results in fines or suspension.

And sure, I’ll even beat everyone to the punch and pick on my own team and say if this were implemented, Kronwall should be on such a watch list for not being as careful as he should about leaving his feet.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/24/12 at 03:18 AM ET

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hey guys when was the last time the cup was skated in J. Louis arena???  Hmmm, let me think here.  Oh that’s right it was when Sid and the Pens were skating around with it.

Man that was cool

Posted by tbassett on 01/24/12 at 09:17 AM ET

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http://www.letsgopens.com/scripts/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=57244&p=1995439#p1995439 Check out the Pic of impact for the geniuses who thinks he shouldn’t be suspended

Posted by Evilpens on 01/24/12 at 11:31 AM ET

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