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Michalek avoids suspension, fine for Hendricks hit

Jan 23, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports there will be no supplementary discipline for Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek after this hit on Matt Hendricks during Sunday’s Pittsburgh-Washington game:

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Michalek received a two-minute elbowing minor on the play and later admitted to delivering a dangerous hit.

“I know that I made a bad play and maybe I was still a little bit mad about the hit before [from Alex Ovechkin],” he told CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley. “That’s how it is.”

Hendricks told the Washington Post he was “feeling good” on Monday and showed no ill-effects from the hit. The Caps tough guy said he didn’t want to comment on whether Michalek should’ve been suspended, but did say he’d like the game to remain physical — minus dangerous plays.

“You do you want it to be physical, you don’t want head shots,” Hendricks said. “You don’t want guys going hunting for each other — trying to put them out with concussions, things like that. But at the same time, if this game isn’t played physically, it’s not a very good hockey game. You see the all the skill take over; makes the game easy on a lot of the players.”

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    so far so good, now lets see what they do with ov

  2. itsallniceonice - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    This guy admits he made the hit with poor intentions and no suspension? What because there was no injury on the play? How the eff is Marshmonts hit 5 game worthy and something like this doesn’t even warrant 1?

    • baywatchboy - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Hendricks isn’t a marquee name. Ovi got 3 games

    • louisianasunshine - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Marchand shouldn’t have been suspended at all.

  3. shannysux - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    while clearly not as bad as Ovi’s hit on him, I would have been happier with ZM getting a 1 game suspension.

    • hailll - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      His hit was worse, there is a clear bias against the Caps and Russian players. If you want to keep the NHL as the best league in the world, this needs to be addressed. Or not I will just watch football.

      • babykaby - Jan 28, 2012 at 4:28 AM

        I agree. There is so much prejudice from the league toward the Russian players it’s embarrassing. Why doesn’t Shanahan explain why ZM wasn’t suspended? Ovie should have only received one game, not three, if ZM didn’t get anything. Grossly unfair.

  4. murtdurt - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Michalek has no prior history with the league office and up to this point in his career has been known as a clean and sometime soft defenseman. Ovi on the other hand has quite the track record with the league and is well on his way to being known as a dirty player

    • babykaby - Jan 28, 2012 at 4:31 AM

      Michalek’s lack of prior history still isn’t tarnished because he wasn’t cited for this hit, so next time he still won’t have a prior history of suspension or discipline. Unbelievable.

  5. capsfan36 - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    A head shot is a head shot regardless of a players history. Glad to see the league is really “cracking down”…im sure if hendricks would have made that hit he would have been suspended. typical pens favortism

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM


  6. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    ovie is a bum he can’t hold malkins jock

  7. kotteintheslot - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Shanahan had to suspend Ovechkin to “show” he has no bias against stars, but didn’t suspend this guy. This is stupid. Nothing against the suspension on Ovechkin but this play is a hit to the head and from behind. Can’t believe he wasn’t suspended.

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