Caps' Alex Ovechkin suspended three games
The NHL has suspended Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin three games for his hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek.
NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan said in his review of the incident that Ovechkin was suspended for charging and leaving his feet while delivering the check.
Replay of the hit clearly showed Ovechkin launch himself into Michalek, which is a violation of the charging rule, rule No. 42.
Further, as Ovechkin launched himself into Michalek, he raised his shoulder toward the head of the player, resulting in a headshot that was deemed "reckless" by Shanahan in his review.
He also noted that Ovechkin is a repeat offender and has been suspended twice before as well as fined twice for physical fouls during his six-year career.
Among Shanny's key points for the three-game suspension include:
- Ovechkin's "repeat offender" status
- No apparent injury to Michalek
Ovechkin will miss the Capitals' next three games against Boston, Tampa Bay and Florida, the Caps play just three games in the next 10 days.
So, there you have it folks, another Shanaban.
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