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    Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Alex Ovechkin was suspended for two games without pay by the National Hockey League on Monday for his hit on Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell early in Sunday's game in Chicago that reportedly has ended Campbell's regular season.

    NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell ruled that it was a "reckless" hit by Ovechkin, who received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct on the play that occurred 12:16 into the first period.

    Ovechkin, now considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, forfeits $232,645.40 in salary, based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

    Brian Campbell reportedly suffered a broken clavicle and broken ribs after Ovechkin shoved him into the end boards. He was scheduled to meet with a team doctor Monday afternoon for further evaluation.

    Ovechkin, who has three game misconducts this season, will miss Tuesday's game at Florida and Thursday's at Carolina. He's eligible to return Saturday at Tampa Bay. Washington has already clinched the Southeast Division title and is 6-2 without Ovechkin this season.

    Ovechkin was previously suspended for two games for his knee-on-knee hit on Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason in the Capitals' 3-2 win on Nov. 30. He received a kneeing major and a game misconduct on that play.

    He was booted from a game Nov. 25 in Buffalo after receiving a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for his hit on Patrick Kaleta 3:38 into the third period. There was no supplemental discipline for that play.

    The back-to-back Hart Trophy winner said after Sunday's game he didn't think his hit on Campbell was so bad and he wasn't sure if he would hear from the League on Monday.

    "It was not a hard hit," he told reporters. "I just pushed him. It's just a moment in the game. I don't think it has to be five minutes or something like that. I just felt bad. That's it."

    Ovechkin also added, "I respect everybody. We respect everybody here in the locker room and outside, but over there (on the ice) we play for our team. We make some hard hits and sometimes you get hurt. That's a hockey game."

    Ovechkin, who has two inches and more than 40 pounds on Campbell, couldn't say if his size advantage played a part in Campbell's unfortunate fall. He crumpled into the boards after Ovechkin pushed him.

    "I don't hit him hard. I just pushed him, but he fell bad," Ovechkin said. "You can see every shift it happens, little pushes, little battles."

    Campbell's defense partner, Niklas Hjalmarsson, called for Ovechkin to be suspended.

    "I thought it was a late hit," Hjalmarsson told the Chicago Tribune. "That's the kind of situation you really hurt yourself. I hope they take a good look at that hit and suspend him for a couple of games."

    Washington right wing Mike Knuble told the Washington Post on Monday that he'd like to see Ovechkin harness some of his aggressiveness for his own good.

    "He has the reputation that he plays hard," Knuble told the newspaper. "But things seem to be happening around him. You would like to see him being more careful because, No. 1, you don't want to see him hurt himself and, No. 1, so he doesn't miss games."

    Watch the hit here:

    Alex Ovechkin's Boarding Major Video - NHL VideoCenter

    Caps' Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit - NHL.com - News



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Weak. He hit him from the side. A dirty hit? Maybe. But a two game suspension, c'mon.



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    A 2 game suspension?! That's not even a slap on a wrist. That was Ovechkin's 3rd boarding penalty and game misconduct. And this time he broke Campbell's collarbone and ribs, knocking him out for the rest of the season.

    Ovechkin should have been for the duration of the regular season.


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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    It was his 3rd misconduct penalty, but it wasn't his 3rd boarding penalty. That was one of the reasons that they were saying on Hockey This Morning that he wouldn't get be suspended.

    If you see the hit Campbell was at least 5 feet away from the dasher. I think this is more about making "a statement" then a even handed penalty.



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    Weak. He hit him from the side. A dirty hit? Maybe. But a two game suspension, c'mon.
    Are you joking!? He pushed him in the numbers.


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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    2 games is not enough, ended Campbell's season. Ovie should be gone and learn to not play so dirty if he's gonna keep being a star in the NHL.


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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    The suspension is warranted - I don't think Ovie was trying to injure Campbell but he certainly needs to reign in his emotions at times.

    Now the NHL's real problem is the way they dealt (or didn't deal) with Matt Cooke's blindside cheapshot on Savard. They should have thrown the book at that little punk. Also, Steve Downie should be gone for the remainder of the season for his slewfoot/WWE move on Crosby.


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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    They are trying to water down hockey with the new head-shot rules. I can understand not wanting people to be injured, but before too long anyone in between the blue lines or headed towards the board will be the hockey equivalent of Tom Brady in the pocket.



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    Weak. He hit him from the side. A dirty hit? Maybe. But a two game suspension, c'mon.


    You think this hit was from the side? Look again there sparky.



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post


    You think this hit was from the side? Look again there sparky.
    Terrible angle to tell anything. The initial contact was on Campbell's left side and it rolled around to the back. Even the commentators thought a 5 minute boarding should have been the extent of it, and they didn't even believe the major misconduct was warranted. I also agreed with Olyckz (sp?) point that when most players in the league do that to someone they stay on their skates, but when Ovie does it it sends a guy flying. Maybe a bit of a dirty hit, but in a sport that gives someone 5 minutes for face punching a guy, I don't understand the suspension.

    Oh well, Caps have clenched their division, and maybe this is a chance to get Fleischman rolling.



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    it was one handed and not that hard. he got hit because he slid into the boards afterwards. this was not a warranted suspension. even the announcers said this during the game. let them play!



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    Terrible angle to tell anything. The initial contact was on Campbell's left side and it rolled around to the back. Even the commentators thought a 5 minute boarding should have been the extent of it, and they didn't even believe the major misconduct was warranted. I also agreed with Olyckz (sp?) point that when most players in the league do that to someone they stay on their skates, but when Ovie does it it sends a guy flying. Maybe a bit of a dirty hit, but in a sport that gives someone 5 minutes for face punching a guy, I don't understand the suspension.

    Oh well, Caps have clenched their division, and maybe this is a chance to get Fleischman rolling.
    It doesn't matter where the initial contact came from. Fact is, Ovechkin's hit resulted in a broken collarbone and broken ribs, and ended a guy's season. Since it was Ovechkin's 3 game misconduct this season, he clearly has not and probably won't learn his lesson. If anything, a 2 game suspension probably encourages him to play more dirty.

    My guess is if the roles were reversed and Campbell broke Ovechkin's collarbone, Capital fans would be screaming for Campbell to be sat down for much more than 2 games.


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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Ovechkin is not out there to hurt people, he just plays a more aggressive style that most and is a complete freak when it comes to his size, strength and skating ability. It was a one armed shove that sent Campbell into the boards, and you could tell by the look on Ovie's face that he didn't mean to send him into the boards. When you play the with raw aggression Ovie does sometimes people get hurt, and if this the leagues attempt to get him to water down his play I am sure it is falling on deaf ears.



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Quote Originally Posted by 82cyclonesfan82 View Post
    It doesn't matter where the initial contact came from. Fact is, Ovechkin's hit resulted in a broken collarbone and broken ribs, and ended a guy's season. Since it was Ovechkin's 3 game misconduct this season, he clearly has not and probably won't learn his lesson. If anything, a 2 game suspension probably encourages him to play more dirty.

    My guess is if the roles were reversed and Campbell broke Ovechkin's collarbone, Capital fans would be screaming for Campbell to be sat down for much more than 2 games.
    Clonefan is right the hit was from the side, and it most certainly does matter where the initial contact came from.



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    Re: Ovechkin banned two games for Campbell hit

    Quote Originally Posted by dbohlke View Post
    Clonefan is right the hit was from the side, and it most certainly does matter where the initial contact came from.
    I don't care where the hit came from, (though the pic in this thread clearly shows a momentum move from Ovechkin's right arm between the numbers of Campbell's back, even if it happened after the "initial" hit from the side.) Either way it resulted in a player losing the rest of his season, so what does it matter where the hit came from?


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