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Ovechkin suspended two games by NHL

Mar 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

Ovi3.jpgTarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post is reporting that the NHL has
suspended Alex Ovechkin two games for his hit on Brian Campbell in
yesterday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

I am of a split
mind on this decision.

First, this is what the NHL should have
done from the very beginning. Ovechkin has had far too many instances of
reckless behavior this season, and is going to have to learn a tough
lesson before his reckless behavior before he either hurts someone else
or hurts his team once the playoffs begin.

Yet it’s obvious there
never would have been a suspension had Campbell not been hurt. That
doesn’t change the fact that Ovechkin’s hit was reckless and dangerous,
and just as worthy of a suspension as the NHL ultimately deemed it to

Now about that Steve Downie suspension. Oh, wait…

  1. john galt - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Caps end up winning the game after a Hawks blueliner, who was not Campbell, fails to dump the puck deep in overtime. The Hawks also had to kill three penalties in a row without Campbell including a 5 on 3 for over 90 seconds, and eventually gave up the game-winner by Backstrom while looking totally confused in front of their own net.
    So the Caps lose the “Great 8” for two periods, the Hawks lose their best blueliner for two periods and now for even longer and all “OV” gets is two games off. Brutal….

  2. Sonvar - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Blown out of proportion. Campbell was severely hurt in this but I watched that game and all it was is a slight push. There was no intent by Ovechkin to maim the man he just wanted to get to the puck. This should have only resulted in a 5 minute penalty or a double minor boarding. I hope Campbell will be alright but a two game suspension after being kicked out of that Blackhawks game already is a bit much.

  3. Mike - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Give me a break. The hit was a double minor at most. OV certainly shouldn’t have been suspended and he shouldn’t have been thrown out of the game. And though it’s unfortunate that Campbell will be out for the season, that is no reason to give OV a suspension, let alone a longer one.
    Once again the NHL is demonstrating their disdain over the fact the best player is a Russian and isn’t their golden boy, Sidney Crosby. It seems the league will do anything to paint Ovechkin in a bad light.

  4. Budweiser - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Anyone who says Ovechkin’s hit was a slight push must have been watching a different game than I was. If Avery or Hartnell would have done that it would be a 10 game suspension. Open your eyes blind Caps fans.

  5. Colonel - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    This has been a long time coming…..finally a little justice.

  6. scott - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    How does OV get 2 games Cooke and Downie get nothing. I dont understand the NHL. The hit didnt look that bad. It looks like Campbell fell the wrong way. 99plus times out of 100 the same hit/push doesnt cause an injury. Sorry the guy got hurt but it happens. I think most hockey fans see it the same way.

  7. Budweiser - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Cooke’s hit was legal, OVs wasn’t….bottom line….

  8. LR - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    So where is the suspension then for Cooke on the vicious hit directly to Savards head? Oh wait, thats right, he’s a penguin so he gets off with nothing, not even a call during the game. This is becoming a joke. The penalties are no longer being about the incident itself but who the guy plays for. Doesn’t say much for the precident the GMs and officials are claiming to set.

  9. bobbiej - Mar 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I would have to agree with Mike, it was not a bad hit at all. And the Campbell that handed out the suspension, would he be related to the Cambell that got hurt, and if so, that’s a conflict of interest there. I am sorry that the guy might be out for the rest of season, but what about Savard. That hit by Matt Cook was late and to the head and no suspension there. Maybe its Crosby and the Pens as a whole are the Golden Team.

  10. jesse - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Lets just take away the sticks and put all the players in skirts. Its HOCKEY!!! A contact Sport. If you don’t want to get hurt don’t play. Anyone who says it was not a push is a moron.

  11. Sampson - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    As Mike Milbury said….”If you don’t like it… squash.” Hits like that are part of the game. Shoves like that happen dozens of times each season, but this time Campbell was unlucky and came away with an injury Don’t penalize somebody because Campbell took an unlucky spill. By the way John Galt, when did Campbell become the Blackhawk’s best d man? Just because he is hopelessly overpaid at 7+ mil per year doesn’t mean he is even close to the level of Keith or Seabrook. He is at BEST the 3rd d man on the team.

  12. Budweiser - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Anyone who quotes and agrees with Mike Milbury has issues extending well beyond hockey

  13. Little Tommy - Mar 15, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Is it just me or am I seeing more stretchers on the ice lately???

  14. Cedric - Mar 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Congress, Big Banks, Credit Card Companies, Nascar Officials and now the NHL…All in a long line of people arbitrarily making things up to serve thier own needs with no regard for fairness or accountability. I would say as a fan I am disappointed, but the NHL would not care.

  15. Clay - Mar 15, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    I guess next time he should just hit a guy in the head since that is ok with the league.

  16. Big Mike - Mar 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Typical of Hawks fans to overreact. Remember the clean Kronwell hit in the playoffs? They wanted him run out of the league.
    How they suspend OV and not Cooke is hard to figure out…but then again so is the NHL

  17. Topher - Mar 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    He is being suspended because he’s a repeat offender, not just because if this particular hit. This is his 3rd game misconduct this year and his second suspension.

  18. ryan - Mar 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    find your bottom line but you probally haave not played hockey a push is not a check and if it was he would have been in the fifth row

  19. hockeyfan19 - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    this suspension is a joke!!! OV didn’t mean to hurt campbell and if you can’t see that you’re a chicago fan or an idiot. Being a red wing fan if that happens to lidstrom it sucks, but it’s part of the game and an accident. Chicago and Pittsburgh are the NHL’s golden boy teams that Buttman protects them. This league is a joke right now, the players don’t know what is and isn’t legal or what might cause a suspension. Bring back old time hockey, a game of men run by men. Don’t get me wrong the players are men for the most part, but it’s run by a figure skating committee. Sack up NHL you’re killing yourself.

  20. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2010 at 5:35 AM

    OV is a great player. Crosby is better. Sid is a gentleman and a complete, skilled player. Terrific representative for the game. Plus, OV has the advantage of playing on a team with more offensive power. But, Crosby is a better passer, puck handler,face-off guy. More defense minded. And, just all-around more of a cerebal player than Ovechkin. OV is more explosive on offense. And, he’s a better shooter. But, that’s about it.
    That being said, unfortunately OV is also a dirty player. I think he should have been tossed for the season. Say what you want about Cooke’s hit. It was certainly not as intentional or brutual as what Ovechkin pulled on Sunday. That was plain creepy.

  21. BigPaul - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Agree. Are we going to have Tea Time for intermission next?

  22. Joe - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Sid the kid is gretzkyesque-pretty skater, protected by both teammates and the league as the public face of the NHL and a North American to drive their marketing program. Ovechkin is this era’s Gordie Howe, a goal, an assist, and a 5 minute major.How long has it been since the league has seen a player with his set of skills willing to mix it up and play physical hockey. With his style of play, his being Russian, and his not ready for prime time command of English, he is caracatured as the bad boy. All you haters, tell me you wouldn’t love to have him on your team (with the identical style of play) and I’ll laugh in your face.

  23. JF - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    Last time I checked crosby plays on a line with last years scoring title winner. OV is more physical because he can, Crosby doesnt have to ability to play physical. So yeah he’s a “gentle” man because he has to be. OV is a target every night and so is Crosby but OV pushes back.
    OV had the same exact push if not a little worse bc he was already falling down on him by craig adams of the pens and he didnt even get a minor much less a game misconduct and 2 game suspension. These small pushes happen everygame but rarely does someone take a bad spill like that which is unfortunate for campbell and the hawks. I will admit OV’s previous two game misconducts were stupid and he was properly supsended. However this one was not and coming off not suspending cooke seems a little suspect.

  24. Steve - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    It’s about time that the NHL starts suspending the dirtiest player in the league…

  25. Fecteau - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    I agree with you, JF. Althought he may have deserved a penalty (sometimes I debate that, because slightly nudging someone should not be against the rules) but Campbell lost his footing. He certainly wouldn’t have gotten injured if he didn’t lose his footing like he did. It was awkward.
    That being said, the NHL really does need to be consistent. Yes, I read some idiot Penguins fan saying how Cookes hit was legal… I don’t care what the rulebook says, if he endangered a player and meant to do it then he deserves to have the book thrown at him. If it was an accident (presumably in Ovi’s situation) and not completely someone’s fault, they should have a minor. (Its tough as I try to compare, say someone using a high stick. If the stick hits the player, its 2 minutes, if it draws blood it could be a double minor or major… But the high stick is the only action to cut the person, where Campbell tripped up and fell awkwardly into the boards. Did he trip on a rut? In this instance there is 2 things at work and Ovi isn’t completely responsible.)
    Again, regardless of what the rulebooks SAY, Ovechkin should have gotten no more than 2 MINUTES of penalty, not tossed out for 50 minutes of a game (remaining time left in est.)AND 2 extra games…

  26. Fecteau - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Dirtiest player? What are you smoking!? You’ve got Zenon Konopka, Chris Pronger, Sean Avery, Matt Cooke, and also apparently Steve Downie (not to mention a guy like Todd Bertuzzi, who actually ended a players career over a CLEAN HIT!)…
    But Ovechkin is the leagues dirtiest… Man drop the crack pipe and get a life! Ovechkin is just more intense than any player on your team… Let me guess are you a Pens fan too? Bunch of whiners and pansies…

  27. Fecteau - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    (Comment Earlier by Anonymous) OV is a great player. Crosby is better. Sid is a gentleman and a complete, skilled player. Terrific representative for the game. Plus, OV has the advantage of playing on a team with more offensive power.
    (response to Anonymous)
    Ovi on a team with more O power???? What??? You know, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, just don’t say anything! Let’s compare – and this is just a round comparison to show players are close enough equal to each other that they cancel each other out…
    Alex Ovechkin Sidney Crosby
    Alexander Semin Evgeni Malkin
    Nicklas Backstrom Bill Guerin
    Mike Green Sergei Gonchar
    Joe Corvo Brooks Orpik
    Mike Knuble Jordan Staal
    Tomas Fleishmann Chris Kunitz
    Tom Poti Jay McKee
    Brooks Laich Matt Cooke
    Eric Fehr Maxime Talbot
    The rest are lower end players that I’m sure does the same thing. Even goaltending, I think Varlamov is already about as good as Fleury… Listen, When you look at this comparison, if you think Crosby is better than Ovi, well guess what, Malkin is probably better than Semin, so your argument is weak!!!!!!!!
    Penguins fans need to get their heads out of their respective @$$es!!! Crosby may be a bit better overall as he is as complete a player then NHL has ever seen, but Ovi has that intensity and grit that Crosby can’t touch. Game over get over it! I’m starting to hate you Penguins fans more than I hate Yankee and Cowboy fans, and that says A LOT!!!!

  28. JF - Mar 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Exactly Fecteau, to the anonymous donk this is how you support an arguement, take some notes. I would actually put Backstrom ahead of Semin. He is more consistent and will be a stud for years to come. Either way top three of the Caps are a little better but nothing that gives OV and advantage if anything it would take away from his scoring.
    Cant argue with 2nd in Goals 1st in Points and 1st in +/- as the best player in the game wrapping up a third straight Hart Trohphy and on his way to his 1st stanley cup.

  29. Fecteau - Mar 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    I would tend to agree with you about Backstrom and Semin. Look at their point totals. The reason I put Semin is he has the ABILITY to be as good as Malkin, he is simply off many more nights than he’s on, but when he is, watch out opposing team! A bit of an underachiever…
    I am a big Caps fan, but a bigger hockey fan. I can honestly say that when you’re talking about ‘complete player’, I truly think that Crosby has a bit of an edge on Ovi, and same with Malkin and Semin OR Backstrom (but backstrom is still younger and getting better EVERY year, and he could be the best Swedish player ever, over even Forsberg, my boyhood idol, the Sedins, and Daniel Alfredsson.) But this guy, since his team isn’t as coherent as the Caps, presumes that his teams offense isn’t as good as it is… They DID go to the SC finals 2 years running and won the 2nd year, that says something!
    That being said, these Pens fans must feel like crap since their team lost to us twice, the second time being a bit humiliated and humbled by Ovechkin’s hat trick (I was at that game, they were down 4-1 and won 5-4 in OT, one of the greatest games this year!) They need to simply shut it and just let the rest of the season play out. The Caps have a legitimate chance this year at the Cup presuming Theo or Varly gets in better form.
    GO CAPS!

  30. Budweiser - Mar 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    I did play hockey and it doesn’t matter if it was a “push” or “check”, it is still boarding. And to JF, you must never watch Crosby play….there is no one better in the league at grinding along the boards offensively or defensively, or at staying on his feet when he’s checked. Just because he doesn’t take himself out of the play to make a hit (i.e. the way the flyers typically do), that doen’t mean he’s not a physical player.

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