Ovechkin Sits For Two
Washington Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin has been suspended two games for his Sunday hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brian Campbell.
Campbell is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone after being boarded in the first period by Ovechkin, who received a major and game misconduct on the play.
It's the second suspension of the season for the NHL's leading scorer, who was also suspended two games last fall for kneeing Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The incident came a week after a controversial blindside hit by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke on Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins that left Savard concussed and possibly out for the season. Cooke wasn't penalized or suspended on the play.
Last fall, Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers was given a major and game misconduct for a blindside hit on Florida's David Booth. Booth was knocked out on the play and sidelined for four months, while Richards was also not suspended.
On the Campbell hit, Ovechkin roared into the Chicago zone and shoved Campbell violently in the back of the shoulders at the end line, catapulting the smaller defenceman into the end boards.