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Video- Did The Refs Miss This Hit By Ovechkin Today?

The recipient was Zbynek Michalek.

added 4:25pm, some folks requested the elbow from Michalek on Hendricks, so the video is posted below…

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To answer your question, yes.

Posted by mikesj on 01/22/12 at 05:06 PM ET

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Looked clean to me.

Oh no wait.

Did he leave his feet?  Yep…shoulda been charging.

Was the puck there?  Nope….shoulda been interference.

Was the head a primary point of impact?  Well watch the video and see.

Was it Ovechkin on the NBC game of the week? Yep.  No call.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/22/12 at 05:09 PM ET

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Clean hit.  Michalek’s hit on Hendricks should have been a major.

Posted by Siggy25 on 01/22/12 at 05:16 PM ET

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But he didn’t mean to!

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/22/12 at 05:17 PM ET

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Clean hit.

Then you know nothing.

Posted by cs6687 on 01/22/12 at 05:22 PM ET

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Clean hit.

Then you know nothing.

Posted by cs6687 on 01/22/12 at 02:22 PM ET

My sentiment, exactly.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/22/12 at 05:23 PM ET

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No penalty.  Clean.  wink

Posted by Siggy25 on 01/22/12 at 05:39 PM ET

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Ovechkin scores and raps on the bench.

Posted by Siggy25 on 01/22/12 at 05:39 PM ET

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The Ovechkin hit was exactly as dirty as the elbow-drive to the back of Matt Hendricks’ skull that Michalek pulled later.

I hope they both get suspended.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/12 at 05:48 PM ET

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Game is too fast.  Guy drops his head at the last second, he gets the elbow.  Too many couch referees out there judging some of these hits through slo-mo.

Posted by Siggy25 on 01/22/12 at 05:49 PM ET

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He Jumps On every Check

Posted by Evilpens on 01/22/12 at 06:19 PM ET

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I am a Pens fan, and both hits deserve suspensions.

I wish they’d both get at least 2 games, if they want to get serious about headshots. But since the NHL clearly doesn’t want to get serious, both players will get the “dreaded” $2,500 fine on their multi-million dollar salaries.

That’ll teach ‘em….

Posted by Link_Gaetz on 01/22/12 at 06:20 PM ET

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The Ovechkin hit was exactly as dirty as the elbow-drive to the back of Matt Hendricks’ skull that Michalek pulled later.

There is a slight difference.  Hendricks falls prior to Z actually making the hit.  Had he stayed upright, Z’s arm would have been into the back of Hendricks.

OV’s hit however, was on a player who was upright, and OV had to actually leave his feet to make contact with the head.

However; i agree with you… they both should be suspended.  Just as i suggest Zetterberg should be suspended for the shove in the back as Ference was suspended for his shove into the back of a player.

Then again, the red wings do have shanahan in their corner.  In the end, the will decide to suspend Cooke for both the OV and the Z hits.  Sending a message that no one in the league can unederstand except of course wing fans.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/22/12 at 06:22 PM ET

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Sending a message that no one in the league can unederstand except of course wing fans.

Well then you may as well join us or stop watching hockey altogether.

Joke…

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/12 at 06:34 PM ET

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Just as i suggest Zetterberg should be suspended for the shove in the back

Yeah, but…he didn’t mean to do that.  Just ask the Wings’ totally unbiased announce team.  smile

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/22/12 at 07:09 PM ET

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The funny thing about this post is it insinuates that there was only one call missed in this game.  Truth was, the game was absolutely full of missed and blown calls, and many of them quite bad…

I don’t know why the league continues to put officiating abominations on the national stage…

Posted by Primis on 01/22/12 at 07:20 PM ET

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Posted by Flashtastick56 from Milford, CT on 01/22/12 at 04:09 PM ET

I like how you’ve dropped all pretense around here and jump straight to trolling Wings fans at every opportunity.

Remember when you actually had something to add to the conversation?  I miss those days.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/12 at 07:21 PM ET

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Michalek’s elbow has been added to the post.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/12 at 07:28 PM ET

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Yeah, but…he didn’t mean to do that.  Just ask the Wings’ totally unbiased announce team. 

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Milford, CT on 01/22/12 at 04:09 PM ET

And we should listen to all the completely impartial Pens fans.  They don’t have a grudge against OV.  As long as we are at it we should also respect and honor their opinions in all things Red WIngs related, because by bringing up the Red Wings TWICE in a completely unrelated thread, they continue to show us just how fair and unbiased their opinions toward that team. 

But back to the topic at hand: the pens/caps game was not clean and boith teams “got away with” some very questionable/dirty plays.  Neither team (or associated fan base) should be proud, or should be pointing fingers at the other.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 01/22/12 at 07:31 PM ET

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Haha, Hendricks lowered his head at the last second.

What ridiculous tripe.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/12 at 07:35 PM ET

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Aw come on.  I’m just fooling around, guys.

And we should listen to all the completely impartial Pens fans.  They don’t have a grudge against OV.

There’s nothing to be biased about on this hit, though.  Ovechkin clearly leaves his feet and clearly hits Michalek in the head.  I’m sure there won’t be much, if any, discipline on this.  Shanahan has set a precedent on discipline when it comes to hits on Penguin players this year.

The Hendricks hit later was a little different, Michalek didn’t leave his feet, but it wasn’t a good play either.  Hendricks didn’t lower his head at the last second, but I could see where, going into the boards, Michalek may have thought he would be more upright coming into him there.  You could probably argue that, if anything.  I try not to make a lot of excuses, though.  Wasn’t a good play.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/22/12 at 07:44 PM ET

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Ovechkin’s hit = missed call. Should have been charging at a minimum. It looked like a head shot that deserved a league review.

The shot against Hendricks was a head shot. It is the hitting player’s responsibility to avoid or minimize. That did not happen. It should have been boarding at a minimum and reviewed by the league as well.

It’s extra ugly to see a penguin deliver a headshot. Fair or not, when your captain is sitting out due to concussions, you’d think a team would be more vigilant.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/22/12 at 08:27 PM ET

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Screencap shows that principal point of contact was shoulder, not the head.

Posted by beachpuck from LA on 01/22/12 at 08:30 PM ET

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Ovechkin should receive a 2-game suspension.
He left his feet.
And he did so in order to make the head the principal point of contact and to maximize that impact.

Michalek to what he deserved—a penalty during the course of play.
His elbow did contact Hendricks’s head, but only b/c Hendricks ducked down.
Without Hendricks lowering himself at the last second that is a play a defenceman makes hundreds of times each season.

Posted by Jon_Dawson from Washington, DC on 01/22/12 at 08:33 PM ET

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Both plays should result in suspensions.  Knowing how the NHL works though, Michalek will get a fine at most (never had a suspension before) and Ovechkin hasn’t been suspended by the new regime, so I could see a fine or a 1-2 gamer there as well.  It sucks, but that is unfortunately the way the NHL discipline works.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 01/22/12 at 09:02 PM ET

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Was it Ovechkin on the NBC game of the week? Yep.  No call.

Posted by 42jeff

Ovechkin was once given a game misconduct in a NBC Game of the Week against Chicago, so I wouldn’t use that defense.

Both hits were malicious, but in different ways. Both should be suspendable hits, but I do think that Michalek’s impact on the head was a bit more direct than Ovechkin’s.

And anyone comparing Zetterberg’s “hit” to anything done by Ference or Michalek should schedule an eye exam for first thing Monday morning.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 01/22/12 at 10:08 PM ET

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Did not watch the game and have not watched the clips posted above.

However, I felt compelled to ask a question. Why would one continue to frequent a website when they know that they will most likely find persons who are not fans or supporters of their favorite team/players? Since there are plenty of penguins sites for one to visit where one will most likely find like minded individuals to commiserate with - I can only guess that they are really very lonely and looking only to be irritating D-bags??????

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/22/12 at 10:23 PM ET

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Zetterburg hit was a big fat nothing. Guy just lost an edge. Wasn’t even a push. Excellent non-suspension. Understand why the refs blew the call, though. Hard to tell from their angle

Ovechkin hit was straight out of Andy Sutton hockey school. Give him whatever sutton got. That or give Sutton, Engo and Fistric their money back.

Michalek hit isn’t a suspension in my NHL, but in the interests of consistency needs to be somewhere between a fine and 2 games in Shanahans. Then again, Bogo got nothing for the same thing. It would be a good idea to do a few more videos of marginal things the league chooses not to discipline, imo.

Posted by Larry from Pittsburgh on 01/22/12 at 10:56 PM ET

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Ovechkin clearly left his feet and struck Michalek in the head.  Should have been a penalty and was an easy call missed by the refs.  Michalek’s hit was also a penalty.  The only reason Hendricks “ducked” or dropped his head was because he was stopping to play the puck.  He had to put on the brakes and that caused his center of gravity to drop.  Both were blown calls.  I had hopes that when Shanahan took over the discipline things would be more consistent.  Unfortunately that hasn’t happened.  Lil Gary has seen to that I guess. 

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/22/12 at 07:23 PM ET

Dan, good questions.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 01/22/12 at 11:07 PM ET

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“However, I felt compelled to ask a question. Why would one continue to frequent a website when they know that they will most likely find persons who are not fans or supporters of their favorite team/players? Since there are plenty of penguins sites for one to visit where one will most likely find like minded individuals to commiserate with - I can only guess that they are really very lonely and looking only to be irritating D-bags?????? “


Please Paul do not let your blog be a must read for red wings lovers only

Posted by DennyfromPitt from McKees Rocks, PA on 01/23/12 at 12:46 AM ET

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btw Michalek’s hit did result in a 2 minute penalty.  OV’s hit resulted in nothing

Posted by DennyfromPitt from McKees Rocks, PA on 01/23/12 at 12:49 AM ET

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Yes, I live in DC but I am a die hard Pens fan.. Always have and always will..

OV is notorious for rocketing himself into players, today was no different. In my mind, he should be suspended and fined. If they are actually trying to rid the game of career-threatening shots, they need to start looking at these hits by Ovechkin closer. He’ll do this at least once per game.

Michalek, on the other hand, I don’t think should be suspended, maybe fined. I don’t think he intended to elbow the Caps player in the head, but that’s what happened. Certainly not premeditated.

Can’t say the same for OV..

Posted by CD from Washington, DC on 01/23/12 at 01:00 AM ET

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I will be as unbiased as I can: I think both plays require discipline in fines, but Michalek may require a suspension (not long, only 2 or 3 games) because of the fact that Ovie did not have his elbow or forearm out in front of him as he delivered his own hit, and that Michalek did. Also, Hendricks did not move his head by much as he stopped to play the puck before being hit. Watching the video again, Hendricks looks to actually be rising as he is hit. This is why Michalek should probably get more discipline than Ovie. That being said, It was a bit irresponsible of Ovie to be delivering a hit at that area.

Posted by Penguin Hunter from Washington, D.C. on 01/23/12 at 03:02 AM ET

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Ovys hit was a clean but other hit was a dirty for sure. No elbow by Ovy, it was shoulder which landed to the head of Ovys victim.

Posted by Juha82 from Finland on 01/23/12 at 12:42 PM ET

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Both Ovechkin and Michalek.have a scheduled hearing with the NHL.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/23/12 at 12:44 PM ET

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Ovechkin leaves his feet for the hit into a dangerous area of the ice. Seems like a suspension to me. Michalek used a dangerous elbow on the play. Should be a suspension too. Ovechkin has a history of looking for plays like that so in my humble opinion should be more culpable. It’s a crapshoot to see what will really come down today.

As far as this tit-for-tat with Wings/Pens fans….it is hard to read this site anymore for me. Agree that Pens fans (I’m one of them) can be pretty obnoxious here, but the site has become more and more Wing-centric over the years, and especially now. Seems like any item about the Pens brings out some negative comments from Wings fans just because it’s the Pens. Some comments are constructive, but the badgering is getting old. I’m not one to live in a fishbowl and ignore anything negative about my team, but I don’t need to be hazed by Wings fans when commenting on Pens news. Just not worth coming here if this is the case.

Posted by VAHockeyFan on 01/23/12 at 01:51 PM ET

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“However, I felt compelled to ask a question. Why would one continue to frequent a website when they know that they will most likely find persons who are not fans or supporters of their favorite team/players? Since there are plenty of penguins sites for one to visit where one will most likely find like minded individuals to commiserate with - I can only guess that they are really very lonely and looking only to be irritating D-bags?????? “


Please Paul do not let your blog be a must read for red wings lovers only

Posted by DennyfromPitt from McKees Rocks, PA on 01/22/12 at 09:46 PM ET

It won’t Denny and every fanbase has a few of these types, but I will be monitoring and keeping a close eye on things.

….it is hard to read this site anymore for me. Agree that Pens fans (I’m one of them) can be pretty obnoxious here, but the site has become more and more Wing-centric over the years, and especially now. Seems like any item about the Pens brings out some negative comments from Wings fans just because it’s the Pens. Some comments are constructive, but the badgering is getting old. I’m not one to live in a fishbowl and ignore anything negative about my team, but I don’t need to be hazed by Wings fans when commenting on Pens news. Just not worth coming here if this is the case.

Posted by VAHockeyFan on 01/23/12 at 10:51 AM ET

This section of KK is for all hockey fans and will continue to be just that.  Again, it just take a few to make things really bad and I will not allow it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/23/12 at 01:55 PM ET

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Zetterberg was not suspended because the player put himself in a vulnerable position.  Watch as he turns his right skate inside, hits a rut, then turns it the opposite way.  This caused his feet to go in different directions while he slid into the boards.  Zetterberg minimized contact, and appeared to be using him for balance.  Players do this all the time without penalties or consequence.

Posted by Wingnutz from Detroit Metro on 01/24/12 at 06:24 AM ET

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