Alex Ovechkin Suspended Two Games for Hit on Brian Campbell

March 15th, 2010 by Dave Nichols Leave a reply »
Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin was given a two-game suspension by NHL discipline czar Collin Campbell today, according to reports, for his hit on Brian Campbell in Sunday's nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Reports out of Chicago indicate Campbell has a broken clavicle and ribs. In the crazy, mixed up world of hockey justice, hits like those meted out by Mike Richards, Matt Cooke, and most recently, Steve Downie on Sidney Crosby, don't merit suspension.   But Ovechkin's hit, while late, paled in comparison to the previous ones mentioned, yet not only received a game misconduct, but a two-game suspension as well. This is Ovechkin's second suspension of the season, and one wonders how much that factored into the decision.  He was punished for a boarding call against Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta and a knee-to-knee hit against Carolina's Tim Gleason. Ovechkin was considered a "repeat offender" in the decision, one that could potentially haunt the Capitals as the season progresses toward the playoffs. I love Ovechkin as much as the next guy, but at some point he has to acknowledge that he's bringing this attention onto h ...

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