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Ovechkin suspended three games for Michalek hit

Jan 23, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has suspended Washington captain Alex Ovechkin three games for this hit on Pittsburgh’s Zbynek Michalek during Sunday’s Capitals-Penguins game:

“The act of launching causes contact to Michalek’s head,” said Shanahan. “Often on big hits or collisions a player’s feet will come off the ice slightly as a result of the impact.

“This, however, is not one of those occasions.”

With all due respect to Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, JF Jacques, Tom Sestito and Andre Deveaux, Ovechkin is the first true “superstar” player to face supplementary discipline from Shanahan — though it’s not Ovi’s first time being called to the disciplinary carpet. He was dinged two games in Mar. 2010 for boarding Chicago’s Brian Campbell, a punishment levied by former NHL head of discipline Colin Campbell.

Earlier this year it was thought Ovechkin could’ve received suspension for spearing Ottawa’s Chris Neil, but Shanahan elected not to punish the offense.

Ovechkin will forfeit $154,677.75 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund and miss Washington’s game on Tuesday against Boston, Jan. 31 against Tampa Bay and Feb. 1 against Florida.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Huh. Good response by the League. Shows status doesn’t buy you immunity to the rules. Michalek probably should have gotten a fine, though, just to make the point that it was a bad hit, but then, he did admit it, so that might have mitigated.

    • baywatchboy - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      So if you hit someone illegally and admit it, that’s okay? Got it. Note to Ovi, tell Shanny you know it’s wrong at your appeal.

  2. baywatchboy - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    …but remember kids, it is okay to hit someone in the back of the head with your elbow.

  3. capsfan36 - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Yep. Ovi gets three games, Michalek doesn’t even get fined….sounds like typical pens favoritism to me.

    • spiffy53 - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      REPEAT OFFENDER enters into the equation there chief.

      • baywatchboy - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        It’s not that Ovi didn’t deserve his suspension, he did (although I thought it might be 2 games, but I’ll chalk the third game up to him being a repeat offender). It’s that Michalek didn’t even get fined and he admits he hit him with an elbow. That’s my issue.

    • maxtalbot25 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Michalek’s hearing is separate and scheduled for later in the day….he still isn’t free from possible discipline!!!

    • pens919209 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Yeah, it’s the same favoritism that assures that the Penguins get every call in every game, every high draft pick, all of the revenue from the league, and win Stanley Cup every year.

      Seriously, seeing favoritism in these issues is silly. This isn’t the first time Ovechkin has delivered a questionable hit. Michalek doesn’t have the same history, but if he does it again, he’ll certainly find himself getting some punishment.

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      If you could read Crapsfan36,Z was fined.
      But you just refuse to read.
      So how is going for the franchise with no cups?

  4. Stiller43 - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Ahhh the sour grapes, EAT UP BOYS

  5. spokedjackets - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Wow, surprised its 3, but happy to see the league take a stand even against one of its stars. Dont have much against Ovie, but its pretty simple, dont leave your feet!

    • tommytd - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Sounds pretty simple to me but these guys don’t want to get it! Sit his ass down.

  6. hockinj25 - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I agree with both decisions. Michalek’s elbow wasn’t even high the other players head was just low

  7. hanktheking - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Too bad he wasn’t also suspended for the all star game given he doesn’t deserve to be there in the first place.

    • bcjim - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Why? Only 11 players have more goals. And he is within 3 of many of them.

  8. murtdurt - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Good to see the shanahammer holds no bias. This guy is suppose to be a role model for kids and he is launching himself at other players. Agreed Michalek deserved to be fined but Ovi has a long track record with the league office and shanny nailed it

    • hanktheking - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      I sincerely hope there are no kids modeling themselves after Ovechkin.

  9. odj810 - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    good call Ovi should get suspended for the hit. so should michaelek though. not 3 games but his hit was a hit to the head.

  10. murtdurt - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    I’m sure there’s plenty of selfish, self-centered MVP-over-Stanley-cup Russian born kids who are lacing up their skates in the hopes of modeling their game to be just like Ovi and semin…cuz you know they put banners up for those art Ross trophys

  11. hailll - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    You would think a country like America jr. would be more appreciative of someone who plays hard and leaves it all on the ice. But I guess you would have to understand what hard work is first. Ovie should skip the game and let the elitist British colony complain they wasted their sterling to the Queen.

  12. ml3939 - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    He should be suspended for the all star game too because he certainly does not deserve to be there.

    • ml3939 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Saw this was a repeat, the comments were missing when I posted this. I defer to hanktheking.

  13. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    ovechkin is by no means a superstar anymore. the dude is off steroids now and has been sluggish all season. shouldn’t have shot up in the first place you russian turd

  14. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    This is all just a giant PR stunt to increase Ovi’s street rep as gangster rapper. Same strategy used by legends such as 2pac, jay z and smouse! Don’t quit ur day job #2 Russian in NHL

  15. blomfeld - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM


    no, this suck-hole should not be suspended … rather, he should have his own head smashed in with a force “equal” to that of which he’s meted out to others … nothing more and nothing less …

  16. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Ovechkin deserves to be suspended.That idiot gets away with more crap than anyone not named Subban. The one that sticks out the most was in the playoffs in ’09 when he purposely stuck his knee out on Gonchar. He is crap.

  17. wheresdapuck - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Shanahan = powder puff hockey! Enuff said…

  18. ravenscaps48 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Hey Penguins Fans… Go wipe down Crosby’s M.R.I. Machine! Hahaha

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Figures this comes from a loser Ravens fan.
      How is that trip to the Superbowl coming along?

  19. ravenscaps48 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    We made it further than you guys did… AND… You tools lost to Tim Tebow…… Tim…… Tebow

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Enjoy the 1 Superbowl title you have because that’s all that crap franchise will ever have. And that was what? 11 years ago

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