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Caps disagree with Ovechkin suspension

Jan 24, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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So…just a coincidence Alex Ovechkin pulled out of the All-Star Game the same day the Capitals – from the owner to the general manager to the player himself – grumbled about the three-game suspension the league handed Ovechkin yesterday for launching himself into Zbynek Michalek?

First the owner, Ted Leonsis, on his personal blog: “I do not agree in any way with the suspension of Alex Ovechkin for 3 games. I support Alex Ovechkin. He is our bedrock player – our Captain; and he and his family know that we are always here to support him.”

Then the GM, George McPhee, to reporters: “I was surprised and disappointed. I didn’t anticipate he’d be suspended for three games. We presented our case to the league yesterday and I thought we did real well, but didn’t get the result we wanted.”

Finally, Ovechkin: “My game is play physical, my game is play hard and I don’t think it was bad hit, dirty hit. Yeah I jumped but he don’t get hurt. I don’t get two minutes. I don’t think it was three-game suspension.”

Yeah, probably just a coincidence. Not sticking it to the league whatsoever.

  1. laurely515 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Whatever, let him whine about the suspension like a child, it’s better this way anyway; now the All-Star spot can go to someone who deserved it on merit, not just name recognition, and who will probably appreciate it.

  2. letangshair - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    It was Zybnek Michalek… good editing.

    • Jason Brough - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Thanks…good commenting.

      • letangshair - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        no problem J. Bro

  3. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    The idiot left his feet to make a hit. Bottom line.
    Leonsis should just shut up.
    Crap franchise

  4. kicksave1980 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Rather than trying to make your point by saying “I didn’t get a penalty on the play”, he should consider himself lucky. The majority of the players in the league would have been given 5 minutes.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. There’s no denying Ovie’s talent, but he came into the league at the right time. 20 years ago, someone would have taken his head off by now.

    • jptrump00 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      you think Ovie’s lucky, then imagine where Crosby’s head would be if he came in 20 years ago.

      • kicksave1980 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        First let me say that I’m not a fan (ot hater) of the Caps or Pens.

        The difference between the two players is that Ovie tiptoes the dirty/clean line a lot more often than Crosby.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    He admits he jumped but thinks it wasn’t a dirty hit? Somebody should tell Ovie that jumping at guys has always been against the rules whether you injure the player or not. The fact that he didn’t get a penalty on the play probably factored in to the suspension as he should have gotten at least 2 mins or maybe even 5 and a game.

  6. xnowayout - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Good, give it to the league. Serves them right

    • letangshair - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      yeah the league is really gonna have trouble selling tickets in OTTAWA because a RUSSIAN isn’t gonna show up.

      • bossyrossy - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        To borrow your penchant for capitalization, ever heard of RATINGS?

  7. fthepens - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    It was only a big deal because it happened in S***sburgh, to Bettman’s golden girls. And the fact that the 2 D-Bag announcers couldnt stop whining about it like it happened to one of thier own daughters, only proves that there is special treatment. How about the elbows that freakenstein throws around? He is scoring now that the cherrypicker is not playing.

    • kicksave1980 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Haha Malkin is Frankenstein and Ovie is the Geico Caveman.

  8. danphipps01 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Dumbass knows the rules about as well as Brad fucking Marchand. Whether or not you fucked up your cheapshot doesn’t make it any less of one, Ovi. That you didn’t hurt him has no bearing on the fact that you couldn’t be assed to play the game properly.

  9. dgrindsports - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    What kind of hockey game do they play … I mean if you want to eliminate checking, do so.
    Suspending Ovechkin for a hit like that is just stupid. Shanahan is a nazi.

    For more, google Daily Grind Sports

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