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Video- The Slash From Alex Ovechkin

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

... early in the third period, he found another way to add to the rivalry between the two Metropolitan Division teams: by taking a two-handed swing – either at Pens star defenseman Kris Letang’s ankle, or at the puck, depending on your perspective – that has led to strong feelings among both fan bases.

Letang had to leave the game for a brief stretch, when, during a chase for a loose puck, Ovechkin’s slash crumpled him and sent him smashing into the end boards.

From the perspective of many Capitals fans, Ovechkin was merely swinging his stick in desperation at the puck, and there was no penalty called on the play. From the point of view of irate Pens fans, the slash made direct contact with Letang’s ankle, and that’s all that counts.


Watch the play below...

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redxblack's avatar

I’m trying to remember the Pitsburghese for this sort of thing. “He plays with a lot of passion”?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/18/15 at 09:55 AM ET


As a neutral, the “live” play looked like a frustrated Ovie trying to amputate Letang’s foot. On the slow-motion replay and from a different angle, it looked like Ovie trying to get a shot off before Letang’s foot got in the way.

From the NHL rule book, page 85:

” Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an
opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick
contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized
as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an
opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s
hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play
the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.”

Ovie was attempting to play the puck, good no-call despite Pittsburgh’s protests. I can understand their anger, but its homer-vision.

Posted by Dobralov74 on 02/18/15 at 10:25 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

And typical Penguins go running around the rest of the game trying to “get even” instead of playing. Will this team never learn (not that I care)? It’s cost them series against the Flyers and almost the Islanders. I hope the Metro playoffs this year are WAS-Pit and NYI-NYR just from an entertainment perspective even though that means my Flyers won’t make a late charge into the playoffs.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 02/18/15 at 10:37 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Agreed pd, I watched most of the game and the Pens did lose their focus.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/18/15 at 10:40 AM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar

Yeah that’s a toughie. I think it’s more accident than intentional. Watching the replay multiple times, you can see Letang rotate his position right as Ovi is winding up. From Ovi’s perspective, the puck is within reach for a desperation shot. Letang rotates his position and (very nicely) uses his left foot to kick the puck out of range. As Ovi is swinging, he chops Letang right on his right foot.

The only really damning evidence against Ovechkin is the position of his hands on the stick, which is more of a chopping position than a shooting position, but that could be just because of the angle he needed to be at to hit the puck, had Letang not kicked it.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 02/18/15 at 10:41 AM ET

Thag's avatar

They should have given him 2 for being careless, Pens wouldn’t have scored on the PP anyway.  The non-call sure made the game fun.

Posted by Thag from DC on 02/18/15 at 11:07 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

If Ovie had intended to hit Letang vs. the puck, maybe he would have swung at his knee instead of hit skate…

Posted by TreKronor on 02/18/15 at 11:15 AM ET


Looks like Letang moves his leg back at the same time Ovechkin is swinging at the puck.

As the letter of the law goes, and having watch the replay, it is a good non-call, but in real time it didn’t look like he was playing the puck, and I’m surprised that it wasn’t called.

Posted by Garth on 02/18/15 at 12:23 PM ET

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