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Mike Milbury isn’t a fan of Ovechkin’s hit on Girardi

May 5, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

Seeing Alex Ovechkin‘s big hit on Dan Girardi in the second period of the Caps’ 3-2 win over New York instantly sparked debate. Ovechkin was nailed for charging but he also appeared to hit Girardi up high while also leaving his feet. While both Ovechkin and Girardi downplayed the hit after the game, that’s a lot of things wrong on one play.

NBC’s Mike Milbury says Ovechkin’s hit was unacceptable for a player that’s a repeat offender when it comes to questionable hits and says a suspension wouldn’t be out of the question. Why am I telling you this though? Check out video of Milbury sounding off.

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All right so Milbury pulls back a bit and says they should leave it up to Brendan Shanahan. Hey, maybe Keith Jones is starting to rub off a bit on the big guy.

  1. miketoasty - May 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Left his feet, contact with the head, repeat offender. Shanahan is screwed, this should be a suspend able play but he let Neal of the hook for the same play in the first round, so either he gives a suspension and is ridiculed for not suspending Neal, or he doesn’t suspend him and takes tons of flak for not suspending him when he should have.

    This is what happens when you don’t keep consistency with suspensions.

    • theragerthemenace - May 6, 2012 at 5:28 AM

      Are you talking about James Neal? Because he was suspended a game in the first round. Or did you mean Chris Neil?

      • thesableo - May 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        Neal got one game for his hit on Giroux, but nothing for his hit on Couturier, which I think is what miketoasty was referring to. In my mind the Neal/Couturier hit was worse than Ovechkin/Girardi, but they are similar.

  2. dawglb - May 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Should be a suspension. Can’t wait to see….

    • miketoasty - May 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      Would love to hear from the 11 people who down thumbed this.

      • danphipps01 - May 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        But, you know, Caps fans don’t appear willing to put their mouths where their cursors are. Come on, kids, speak up! Surely with such strong disagreement, one or two of you might be able to think of a reason why, yes?

  3. dawglb - May 5, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Let me clarify…. 2 years ago that wasn’t suspension worthy. Heck, 10 years ago, it wasn’t even penalty worthy. With that being said, the NHL has placed the bar high, and they need to live up to it……. At this point, players’ safety is the focus.

  4. stakex - May 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Well let me just say that I think this was a worse hit then the similar hit he was suspended for (three games) during the season. However, I don’t think there should be a suspension here… or the one he was in fact suspended for during the season for that matter. There might be minimal head contact, but its not what I would call the principle point of contact.

    The real issue, as miketoasty points out, is that Neal got a free pass on just as bad (if not worse) a hit during the first round. The Neal hit was worse IMO since it happened well away from the play on a vulnerable player, while Ovechkin was defending himself from an incoming Girardi hit. Huge difference there, and Neal was given a pass despite being a repeat offender as well. So one would have to think Ovi gets a walk on this one, as he should.

    • theragerthemenace - May 6, 2012 at 5:27 AM

      When you say Neal, do you mean James Neal? Because he was indeed suspended for 1 game. Or are you referring to Chris Neil? He wasn’t suspended, but he also was not a repeat offender if that is who you mean.

      • dmfc1112 - May 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        He was talking about James Neal. The James Neal who laid out Sean Couturier when the puck was nowhere in sight while leaving the ice to hit him in the head. This was a much worse hit by a repeat offender and he got nothing for that particular hit. His one game suspension was for the hit on Giroux which, being 42 seconds later, should have been enough to prove “intent” on the couturier hit. (but wasn’t)

  5. hitwithafade - May 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    whiny Boston fans…you are out of it…so shut up

  6. ynothockey - May 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    25 game suspension just like Torres. Bet it doesn’t happen.

  7. hitwithafade - May 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    milbury is a has been….nobody said a thing about Girardi going high on Backstrom…this calling for suspensions is why Hockey will never be what it was…its now a wussy sport

    • alexb64 - May 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      It also didn’t used to be a league of cheap head shots, players had more respect for one another & if they didn’t the players were able to police themselves & do the job the league wouldn’t.

  8. biffnasty - May 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Should be a suspension, won’t be though bc Shannahan has absolutely no clue what he is doing

  9. ironcity6pak - May 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Definitely needs to be addresses, this is what the NHL is trying to stop. If Dan was seriously hurt ovi would have been thrown out and suspended indefinitely. He left his skates and by at least a foot. Come on now this is ridiculous.

  10. acieu - May 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    25 games and he can wad he Russians to the world cup and defect to the KHl. Who needs him we have the pusdy Crosby and he failed Milbury to admire

    • kitshky - May 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Next time try it again in English.

  11. alexb64 - May 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Will Shanahan even spin the Wheel of Justice or just make no comment & hope no one notices? It’s very difficult to catch all of these AS they happen & make concrete decisions, but it’s inexcusable for the insane inconsistency the league has in making disciplinary judgements on them when they have the multiple camera angles & slow motion replays to use.

    I have no idea if this is a suspension worthy hit & unfortunately it has nothing to do with anything involving the play. Interpreting the hit is essentially pointless because there’s no logic behind whatever determines the league ruling. I could say I’d certainly understand if Ovechkin were suspended, but then again though would that be fair to The Caps when other big name players on star teams were given a free pass on similar, if not WORSE, infractions? One size needs to fit all if these “player safety” rules are going to have any meaningful result. Repeat offenders should get the harsher penalties, but that doesn’t mean 1st time (with unquestionable intent) offenders should get off scott free or more frustratingly star players essentially having free reign to cheap shot anyone they like & at the most have a “losing change in the couch cushion” fines handed to them.

  12. ray21230 - May 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    milberry is a dick and knows little about hockey lets see a shea webber hit next time CAPS

  13. wicky888 - May 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    This coming from a guy who once climbed into the stands and beat a fan in the head with his own shoe.

    • thesableo - May 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      I would like Milbury so much more if he did THAT on NBC instead of speaking. Pierre McGuire is totally asking for it.

  14. cspsrbums - May 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Milnury should not have a job. NBC should not get the Cup telecast because Milnury and is cronies are so bias it is sicking. He hates the Caps he is all over Crisby nuts and he sounded like he was at a funeral when the Caps beat Boston. All he does is talk how good the Caps opponents are or playing and talking about all the mistake the Caps do he has done the during the whole series NBC please get rid of this clown and get some unbiased commentators, If not NHL should refuse your contract offer next year. We get tired of turning the TV down and listing to the radio commentators.

  15. bigoldorcafromvan - May 5, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    There is a Catrillion people in North America that are not a fan of Mike Milbury/s either. Go dumpster diving Mike cause your not interesting to listen to.

  16. steelpenguin71 - May 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Glad to hear fans of other teams saying that Milbury is biased but biased towards Crosby? He hates him, as much as said so on Philly radio. He’s Philly/Boston guy end of story, remember he got in a fight with a 14 year old at a youth game. Hopefully next year we will have more objective announcers during the playoffs other than the 3 stooges, Milbury, Jones, and Pierre

  17. bmorethansteel - May 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Milbury is unacceptable! Please learn how to analyze the circumstances not just the aftermath itself. If you watch the flow leading up to the hit (not a head shot btw), you’ll see that Girardi had the position of either puck control OR enforcer. Ovi just saw it as contact and protected himself with natural instinct. Just so happens that Ovi was the one that jumped a little and Girardi weighs 30 less lbs. this is a game of men not ballerinas. Contact sports will be dead in this country in 10 years if these losers keep ruining them with their big mouths and huge egos. These guys know what they signed up for.

    • dmfc1112 - May 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      It is obvious to any non-caps or rags fan that OVI was bracing for a hit BY Girardi. Rule #1: Skate with your head up.

  18. bmorethansteel - May 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Jones is alright with me. Get rid of Pierre & Milbury please. Snooze

  19. fullbagg - May 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    It’s amazing how refined these ex NHL, ex coaches become. He had his Bruin glasses on watching the last series. Guys were getting decked going to the bench. I wonder what the parent of the peewee 13 year old assaulted thinks of this Blowhards opinion? Maybe the kid was Russian.

  20. capsfan2014 - May 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I am a Caps fan, and I thoroughly believe that Ovie should be suspended at least 2 games for leaving his feet, head on collision, and being a repeat offender.

  21. workn4daman - May 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Milbury is a loser and the only reason I came on this story is to point out again that he’s a loser and a clown who has no business being on the broadcast. NBC needs to clean up it’s studio and get rid of the piece of feces known as Milbury. He was a loser as a player, coach, GM and is showing the same loser traits as a commentator. He brings NOTHING to the broadcast and only diminishes the excellent job of game analysis that Keith Jones does. Keith Jones should demand that he have a professional to work with and not this clown Milbury.

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