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Ovechkin's hit sidelines Campbell at least 3 games

Mar 14, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

soupy.jpgRegardless of whether you look at Alex Ovechkin’s hit on Brian Campbell as dirty, clean or somewhere in between, there’s no question that the redheaded defenseman crashed into the boards in a violent way. One has to wonder how much time the expensive but talented player will miss. Apparently he’ll be sidelined for at least three games, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

Coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say for sure that the injury would not affect him the rest of the season.

“We’ll see. We’ll get a better assessment as we go along here,” Quenneville said. “Soupy [Campbell] is going to be out for a bit here…It was a tough hit. A dangerous hit.”

While I’ve been critical of Campbell’s annual $7.1 million cap hit, it’s not his fault that the Blackhawks made such an excessive offer. He’s still a good – just not a great – player, with 38 points this season and an average of 23 minutes on ice per game. Let’s hope he gets healthy soon.

  1. Little Tommy - Mar 14, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Hawks need to get past this stuff or they’ll be toast in the playoffs early. They need to get back to playing THREE periods and stay away from penalties which is what did them in Sunday.

  2. Don - Mar 14, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Ovechkin is a dirty player who will get his just reward.
    Do not want to hear the cap fans scream bloody murder when some Canadian ends his career once and for all.

  3. Birdie17 - Mar 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Ovechkin-a dirty player? Do you put him in the same category as, shall we say, Matt Cooke? Just because he plays with more intensity than most players in the NHL does not make him a dirty player. I guess you drink the Sidney Crosby kool-aid, too. Get a clue!!

  4. Birdie17 - Mar 14, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Ovechkin-a dirty player? Do you put him in the same category as, shall we say, Matt Cooke? Just because he plays with more intensity than most players in the NHL does not make him a dirty player. I guess you drink the Sidney Crosby kool-aid, too. Get a clue!!

  5. DonCherryFan - Mar 14, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    I don’t usually care that much for Ovechkin. But as a fan of good hard-hitting hockey, I have to admit that this was a clean hit. It was from the side not from behind, and it wasn’t super-close to the boards. I agree with Don Cherry that Ovechkin’s celebrations are gratuitous, but this hit was clean. If you can’t take this kind of contact, go play chess or something.

  6. johngaltx - Mar 14, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Smashing a player face-first into the boards is dirty, no matter who does it. Any player that doesn’t understand that smashing an opponent into the boards from two feet away face first into the boards should be suspended not only for the hit, but for being too stupid to play in the NHL.

  7. StakeX - Mar 14, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Ovechkin is not a dirty player. Hockey is a tough, and often violent sport and if you play full out sometimes stuff happens like this. As the announcers said durring the game… it should have been a double minor at MOST. People who understand and actually play hockey will easily notice Ovechkin simply gave a push (similar plays happen 20 times a game)… and Campbell lost his edge and went hard into the boards. Its a shame… it really is. But a dirty hit? Not at all. If Campbell didn’t lose his edge, and went in a bit softer there probably wouldn’t have been any call on the play.
    Matt Cooke on the other hand? Heres a guy who has no talent at all, and has a very very long history of intentionally trying to hurt people. He use to go low by sticking his leg out on hits intentionally, and has now developed a habit of going head hunting on non-tough guys in vulnerable positions. Yet noone seems to care because hes a no-talent waste of space. Ovechkin simply plays with everything hes got, and once in a while gets a little reckless like his knee on knee hit earlier this year. Sure it was a reckless play, but it certainly wasn’t intentional. Think a guy like Ovechkin would risk a career ending injury to throw a hit like that? You don’t know anything about hockey if you do.
    For the record Im a Rangers fan btw, so Im not defending Ovechkin because Im rooting for Washington or anything… simply that I respect a guy who plays the game with all his heart and disreguards his own body to win. Would much rather see that then a wuss like Crosby whos a talented player, but a whinning diver at the same time. Trust me when I say this… if there is a guy in the league that people would LOVE to take out, its Crosby for his diving and whinning, not Ovechkin for the occasional reckless play.

  8. BigPaul - Mar 14, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Well stated!

  9. digger - Mar 14, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    First of all, Ovechkin is not GOD. He is not subject to different rules than the other players in the NHL. Did anyone else see what Craig Adams did in the Penguins/Devils game on Friday Night. It was the same type of hit “sorta” ( There was a delayed “high stick” on the play and I don’t know if anyone other than the goalie knew it) They we’re playing to the whistle, like they were taught. Yes, Adams received a 5 minute major penalty and a game misconduct for what he did. If that is what the league feels is an appropriate call, then so be it. Did the commentoators on FSN spend the whole intermission dwelling on the subjective play, No they did their jobs and brought stats on the previous period and continued as they were supposed to do. Ovechkin is no different. Aside from the fact of whether the league made the right call or not is not what I’m upset over, because the most important thing out there is to make sure everyone is safe and the fans have an exciting game to watch. It is that the NBC commentator’s (Pierre and Mike) are so far up Ovechkins’ A** that they think he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. After the period was over, the whole intermission was spent defending Ovechkin and questioning the rules and regulations of the NHL. Pierre and Mike, You do not make the rules, like everyone else, you just have to follow them. I really think NBC should re-think who they get as commentators for the rest of the season. These players know what the rules are and they continue to disregard them and make there own rules.

  10. chuck normandy - Mar 14, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    If it is one thing that keeps the sport down it is the people that claim it is some secret club that not everyone understands. It isn’t. Face it, good, clean, respectful hockey is what will ultimately succeed (if it does). That is the Olympics.
    As for Ovechkin… I agree with Ovechkin’s intensity. What I don’t respect at all is his willingness to launch at player’s heads. He pushes everything up high; hands, arms, elbows, shoulders. Then proceeds to leave his feet on almost every check at maximum speed. He checks to injure. In style and execution. Pure and simple.
    Do any player nowadays even know the term “lower your shoulder” into someone? It is all about “raise your shoulder” into someone’s earhole. So disrespectful. Imagine the injuries in this game without the modern equipment.

  11. The Royal Half - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    Broken collarbone for Brian Campbell. He’s done for the rest of the regular season.

  12. BOBBY - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    NBC…….You guys need some new hockey commentators. Olczyk and Emerick are horrible play by play and color men. Millbury was a losing coach,general manager and player and can not complete a thought. Pierre just plain stinks. His interviews are terrible. You can’t promote the NHL with these guys.
    Please try to find some new,intelligent people for next season.
    Thank You

  13. Old school hocky fan - Mar 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    This kind of dirty play didnt happen before the sissy rule changes. Ovechkin has been suspended twice already this year for dirty play. NHL needs to give this guy a lesson, cause if they dont some forth liner will. Who knows, it might make him better looking to have his face come out his ass for a change.

  14. Little Tommy - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Yea, it’s a tough sport, yea it’s a violent sport, yea not a lot of us understand the game. Ever wonder why hockey will forever be a second tier pro sport and does not enjoy the mass appeal of other sports?
    It’s probably because the league doesn’t want to reign in half the “rough tough crap that happens in the NHL that has nothing to do with scoring goals. Do you see fistfights and mayhem on the basketball court…no! Do you see fight after fight in the NFL…no! So why doesn’t the NHL wise up and clean up the game. Most people are turned off by goons who want to fight, headhunt, maim and the like. Where’s the “sport” in all that crap? Put an end to it and play the game.

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