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NHL suspends Alex Ovechkin two games


(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)


Alex Ovechkin has been suspended two games by the NHL for his hit yesterday on Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell.

The Caps captain and two-time league MVP was assessed a five-minute major and his third misconduct of the season for boarding Campbell, who reportedly could miss the rest of the season with a broken clavicle and ribs.

"We have no problem with the way Alex tried to finish his check," GM George McPhee said in a statement. "Unfortunately, an injury resulted. We are disappointed with the suspension but do not want to comment further."

As a repeat offender (he was also suspended for a knee-on-knee hit in late November), Ovechkin will forfeit $232,645.40 of his salary to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund, based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (193). He is eligible to return to the Caps, who have already clinched the Southeast Division title, on March 20 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Update, 5:50 p.m.: Tarik just spoke to Coach Bruce Boudreau at the team hotel in South Florida. Here's some of what he had to say:

"I've been pacing all day upstairs, waiting for the decision. It's a tough call for [NHL VP Colin Campbell]. I don't want his job today. ... The decision has been made. I don't agree with it. But maybe if I was [Chicago Coach] Joel Quenneville, I wouldn't think it wasn't enough. ...

"I watched [the hit] frame by frame, trying to think what they would think. To me, there's no way that was anywhere near a vicious as [Colorado enforcer David] Koci's hit on Mike [Green on Dec. 15]. Nowhere near. ...

"If you look at it, [Campbell's] skates were parallel to the net. Once Campbell dishes it off, he knows Alex is there. He doesn't hit him, he pushes him. As he's going, it looked to me like [Campbell's] left leg stumbled and he almost toe-picked the ice. He's one of the greatest skaters in the game. He's stayed healthy because he's able to avoid this. I'm sure he thought he was going to spin off it. ...

"The [refs] waited and waited. They didn't want to make the call. The last thing [referee] Dan O'Halloran wanted to do was kick Alex Ovechkin out of an NBC game. But he thought in his mind that, 'If this guy is hurt, I have to give him a five-minute major.' ...

"Alex pushed [Campbell]. He pushed him. If he doesn't fall awkwardly into the boards, a) Is it a penalty? b) Are we having this discussion? ... Alex is so much stronger than everyone else. So we're penalizing him for being strong. ...

"I was so upset for him. I told [GM George McPhee], 'I can't tell him.' I feel so bad for the guy. All he wants to do is play hockey and play the game hard."

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 15, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
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Comments

simply terrible. way to go Colon...

Posted by: AreYouKiddingMe1 | March 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

TOTAL BS!!!

Posted by: ttn703 | March 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Crosby's fault

Posted by: Leeguru | March 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Not bad at all. I was thinking more, especially given in light of Campbell's injury.

Rest up Ovi, see ya in a few days!

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Push from behind, into the boards. Fair enough. Not going to compare it to the Cooke hit, as they are 2 completely different types of hits. Head shots are not illegal- boarding is.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, the NHL just increased Crosby's chances of winning the goal scoring title.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Canadian bias against Russian player who is better than anything they have north of the boarder.

Cordially,
RBlatch

Posted by: rblatch45 | March 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

What about Cooke?

Posted by: IceNutz | March 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think it was a terrible hit and am not crazy about the suspension decision.

That said, this isn't that big of a deal. The Caps have hardly anything to play for right now, so to the extent this can be a bit of a band together rallying cry, great. I have no problem with Ovi resting for a couple games anyway. And if this taught Alex to be a little more cautious (as Knuble suggests), it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Bottom line is that this will in now way effect the team's readiness for a Cup run, which is what really matters.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | March 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

2-0. They actually play with more focus and purpose when AO is out.

Posted by: zyvo23 | March 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The first three comments are simply PRICELESS! Thank you for making me laugh!

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This sucks! the Game misconduct should have been rescinded! Campbell better be out for a LONG time...if he makes a mirle recovery I am going to be mad.

Anybody who says ov gets off easy is insane! the guy can't take a step without someone questioning him...he is having a roug year!

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

it's less than what i thought they might do

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see an Ovie quote stating how for the rest of the season he will limit his hits to only Cooke type hits of shoulder to the head instead of pushing people into the boards, as mandated by the NHL.

Then he smiles into the camera and says "you better keep your head up"

Posted by: sgm3 | March 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

It's ok...now Bruce has a forced excuse to rest Ovy....it's not right I don't think but at the same time he's being made an example...

Oh well...Go get em boys...
One fired up Russian to go when he comes back...

GO CAPS!

Posted by: rdiehljr | March 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Can't say I am surprised. I love watching OV play. But there are places on the ice where you have to be more careful.

Open ice where you can have inadvertent knee on knee collisions, and a few feet from the board. Unfortunately, OV has had both this year.

What chafes me in the brown eye is the way the NHL hands out suspensions all over the map. 6 games for Avery making a comment about sloppy seconds. None for Cooke demolishing Savard.

4 games for Laperierre and his blatant hit from behind.

2 games for OV.

None for Craig Adams:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60WLV9-voOQ

really? Does it all come down to injury and reputation? That unfortunately is the worst part of the precedence. That the only constant is inconsistency.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | March 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The first three comments are simply PRICELESS! Thank you for making me laugh!

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Not a problem. Funny thing is, Pens fans actually believe Caps fans think that.

Let him rest and refocus. Gonna be pi$$ed going in to the playoffs.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The NHL is being systematically reduced to figure skating.

Two games for garden variety minor shove?

Posted by: DaveinSilverSpring | March 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely biased piece of crap.

Posted by: Michael01a | March 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the donut and not the hole -- Ovi gets a nice break to rest up after his Olympic run.

And its setting up nicely for the NHL to make sure a 'nice' team wins. I guess they want the Caps to be the "G Street Goons"...

Unleash the Furious!

Posted by: terlin1 | March 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

He is lucky that he got off with two games. He is a repeat offender and his reputation is going to haunt him for the rest of his career.

Leonsis needs to call in a professional who can sit down with Ovechkin and find out what is going on in his life that is causing these on-ice and off-ice situations.

He is going to seriously injure someone else or himself. Just watch.

Posted by: MKadyman | March 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@funbunch

Nothing to play for? I guess home ice through the playoffs counts as nothing.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Hockey - Greatest game in the world, played professionally by some of the toughest people on the planet.

NHL - bush league intent on shaping its rules to meet perceptions and the ringing xenophobia of Canadian overseers who refuse to believe that other people in the world can play or know hockey with passion.

I hope the NHL can fix their rules and the refereeing to acknowledge that the game is no longer played by only six teams. This sport needs better than the equivalent of rec league administration if it wants to NOT destroy a great game.

Oh yeah -- Ovie rocks and GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: chucktownCAPSfan | March 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Vs Florida and Vs Carolina. 2 game to make it seem like it isn't only because Colin Campbell's boy is a Panther. Colin Cambell needs to be either fired or elbowed in the head by Matt Cooke.

Posted by: goalpost | March 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

it's less than what i thought they might do

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 15, 2010 4:46 PM |

Yeah, here to.

I still maintain it wasn't all that bad of a play, but Ovechkin shouldn't have pushed Campbell at all there.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What a complete load of manure!

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | March 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I do agree that this forced rest for Ovie, who has played a ton with the Olympic break and such, might actually help the Caps for the long haul this season.

But the suspension is BS, and it especially sucks because it likely means that Crosby will win the goal scoring title now.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Nothing matters besides a run at the Cup. Let's hope this motivates and re-focuses Ovechkin for a dominant postseason.

Posted by: McBride33 | March 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Again, I think his hit warranted a suspension but you cannot explain how Cooke didn't get a suspension and Ovechkin does. It really makes NO SENSE. It's a shame they are so inconsistent. They need to cut this out, no more of this gray area. It's either black or white, no in between, how on earth did Cooke get away with what he did? It's ridiculous.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

oh brother

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This is ABSURD!!! Do all Canadians hate OV? That is just my impression...

Posted by: riceldi | March 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

we are really gonna miss him against Florida and Carolina!! Im sure fans in those cities are pissed not getting a chance to see Ocho play. Oh well, two games is RIDICULOUS for that hit, but 2 games in the big scheme of things is nothing. It will give Crosby/Sedin a leg-up in the scoring race though.

Posted by: padre123 | March 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Ovi's problem was, he didn't smash someone in the head with a shoulder and flip him 360 degrees like Matt Cooke did to Savard. The league doesn't mind that.

Remember, Ovi -- next time, go for the head.

Posted by: Route1 | March 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Total b.s.move by Mr.Campbell. Let's make Ovi an example. Cooke should have been the example. Mr.C. Thanks for nothing...

Posted by: Berndaddy | March 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Rest is good....

He will be ready come playoff time.

Thank you NHL!

Posted by: SA-Town | March 15, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

What about Downie's hit on Crybaby? I can't stand him (87), but Downie's hit was very questionable. The video is on NHL.com.

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 15, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Push from behind, into the boards. Fair enough. Not going to compare it to the Cooke hit, as they are 2 completely different types of hits. Head shots are not illegal- boarding is.

Posted by: Fro_

Yes but they are trying to get head shots out of the game. Then we can compare it to Koci's push from behind, into the boards on Mike Green. He got zero games. Explain that.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 15, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin plays 110% every game. He plays 120% in nationally televised games. He plays 130% in nationally televised games against top flight opponents. Finally, he plays 150% in nationally televised games against top flight opponents when his team is down a goal.

When you have a guy playing that hard, mistakes will be made. I'm hoping they happen infrequently enough that Ovie isn't suspended in May and June, when it really matters.

Posted by: Raber | March 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news, Campbell has just nominated Cooke for the Lady Bing.

Posted by: wawgt | March 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised. If it was a first offence I don't think they would have given him anything, but there have been a few dangerous plays this year. He has a habit of finishing checks when he's not in a position to do so (sticking out a knee or following through fully when a guy turns around). Not so much on this hit because it was more of a push at an awkward time for Campbell, but I would have been a bit surprised if they didn't send him a 'take it easy' message.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked the NHL doesn't have an appeals process. It doesn't have to be a joke like MLB, but anything would be better than this.

Good news is Ovechkin gets a break after the Olympic break, but I hate that this continues to tarnish his reputation.

Posted by: jesstyr | March 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy that it was only 2 games, but the NHL failed again here..again showing severe inconsistency in their decision-making.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I've been saying for years that sports are fixed/rigged by politics and favoritism. Let's see, last year the Penguins had many more Powerplay's over the Caps and got every single call go their way. We still took them to 7 games and in an evenly called series, we take it in 6 games easily.

Let's review a step further, Kunitz (a dirty player) cross checks our goalie intentionally in the thorat out of frustration resulting in no suspension. Malkin gets in a fight with 2 mins left in the game and no suspension. Matt Cooke (a notorious dirty player) elbows a guy in the head when he doesn't have the puck, knocks him out for the year and no suspension.

Ovie's hit on Gleason results in 2 game suspention. Ovies hit on Campbell which shouldn't even have been a game misconduct results in 2 games. The NHL is clearly showing favoritism to the Pens and screwing the Caps over consistently. Campbell and Bettman both make it crystal clear that the Caps are held to a different standard than the Penguins. Penguins players commit the same or worse acts and nothing happens. The Caps players do something and even though it's our superstar, the best player in the world they suspend him. Talk about politics in the NHL and double standard.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | March 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

my thoughts... mah. Enjoy to Florida sun

Posted by: NFeKPo | March 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

2 games. Ovie's going on a nachos and Coke (no diet, by the way) binge and he'll be heavier than a pre-season Backstrom.

UNBELIEVABLE!!! Where's my coat? It's suede with the fringe!!!

Posted by: sandyflee | March 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

BS. I wathed the replay 3 more times and not only was the hit/shove not late as all the Hawks players are arguing but it was clearly a case of Campbell's skates catching a rut (or campbell has no leg strength which is obviously not true). Completely baseless suspension. NHL officiating is a complete joke headed by the biggest joke of them all, Colin Campbell.

Doesn't matter though, it's just a nice little break for Ovie.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

Cooke was a shoulder to head hit, which is currently legal, or else they wouldn't be making a rule change to address it this offseason.

A hit from behind into the boards has been illegal for a long time. Was Cooke's hit dirty? Hell yes. Unfortunately, it wasn't illegal, and Ovechkin's was.

Posted by: wmsheppa | March 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@MKadyman

What OFF-ICE issues? To my knowledge Ovie has kept it clean off ice, no gun charges, DUI, illegal drugs, adultery....and the other things most athletes are getting into. He plays a brand of hockey not sterotypical of a high goal scorer. Gretsky, Hull, and Lemeiux never hurt a fly...so what ....

Posted by: bhound69 | March 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

:Route1

If OV hits for the head, there will be brains on the ice. No, thanks.
BTW - You know what will happen if OV hits Cooke in the head. Major BS and long suspension.

Posted by: Michael01a | March 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

chucktownCAPSfan

Perfectly stated. No suspension for Cooke and 2 games for Ovie.

I understand Colin Campbell was known as The Sherriff when he played. Well, he's Barney Fife as the disciplinarian. He and Bettman have to go.

Posted by: BlueIguana | March 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What about Downie's hit on Crybaby? I can't stand him (87), but Downie's hit was very questionable. The video is on NHL.com.

Posted by: jwash4472

I also can't believe there isn't more discussion on Downie's slewfoot on Crosby. I think Downie definitely should be suspended at least 5 for that. He almost broke his leg. He's VERY lucky Crosby wasn't injured.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see an Ovie quote stating how for the rest of the season he will limit his hits to only Cooke type hits of shoulder to the head instead of pushing people into the boards, as mandated by the NHL.

Then he smiles into the camera and says "you better keep your head up"

Posted by: sgm3 | March 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse
________________________________________

Nice thinking, but there's no doubt the NHL would find a way to suspend him if he did this. Their mercy is reserved for Penguins and Canadian players, don't you know.

Posted by: DaveinSilverSpring | March 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The bright side...now Boudreau will have less problem making room for everyone in the lineup.

I think if this were baseball or football it would be like resting or protecting our star for the playoffs. The team got hot during his last suspension.

Next thing OV haters will complain in playoffs that OV is too rested (will complain to league that discipline backfired..and Caps unfairly win cup)

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe all of the comments about the Penguins. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS STORY. And the comments about Sidney Crosby show an obsession that is laughable. Grow up and get some perspective folks.

Posted by: jega246 | March 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind this, if there is such a thing inyhe NHL anymore. Don't change the way you play, ovie! Caps fans, the NHL is just getting warmed up for screwing us even further in the playoffs.

Posted by: papple | March 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes but they are trying to get head shots out of the game. Then we can compare it to Koci's push from behind, into the boards on Mike Green. He got zero games. Explain that.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 4:54 PM

If you want to argue against Koci not getting suspended- I'm all for it. I thought he should have been suspended. It was the same type of infraction as Ovi's. But if you're comparing Cooke's hit, which is currently NOT illegal, there isn't much to debate. Head shots, as nasty as they are, are as legal as a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Doesn't mean they should be, but they are.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 15, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Downie's an idiot, but the NHL has been on and off about slew-foots, when giving out suspensions. Usually, they don't get suspended.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not a hit to the head itself is specifically legal, intent to injure is a match penalty, no?

Plus, I'd argue Cooke could have been called for charging.

Posted by: Route1 | March 15, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

OK. I haven't heard one retort about the Craig Adams hit on Ovechkin vs the Ovechkin hit on Campbell. The two plays are nearly identical with the biggest difference being Ovechkin was in a more vulnerable position when he was hit. If Ovechkin gets suspended then Adams should have been suspended. Campbell's consistency is his inconsistency. Colon blows.

Having said all that, I don't really think this is much of a blow to the Caps at all. Ovechkin has looked tired since the Olympics and this will give him a chance to rest. In addition, I think this will give the rest of the team something to rally around this week. IMO, the Capitals w/o Ovi are still better than both the Panthers and the Hurricanes.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | March 15, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know Colin's e-mail address? I would love to have him explain/rationalize/dance around how OV gets two games and Cook gets none. Or, how the hit during the Pittsburgh game (where OV got put into the boards) ended up with NO penalty NO fine NO suspension.

I guess if I did have the e-mail address, I'd be waiting a long time for a response.

Posted by: TimDz | March 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Route1 was being sarcastic...

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

jega246:

even though i am one, Caps fans can be silly

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon was right. We are going to see this sequence of events over and over. Ovechkin has talent everywhere except in his head.

I agree that the NHL is inconsistent and that some of its rulings and non-rulings don't make sense. But whatever mistakes it has made in other situations, it did not make a mistake here.

Posted by: phillyreader | March 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

@mkadyman- how can you actually suggest that ovie needs help with a straight face? This is hockey not ice dancing. If ovie hurts himself so be it. It happens in contact sports.

Posted by: papple | March 15, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

can we get over the pathetic everyone is against us crap? it is really lame.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Some Capitals fans are deluded. This is not an unfair punishment, nor is it evidence of any conspiracy or bias.

To me, the only thing even resembling a controversy here is the lack of consistency from the NHL regarding all penalties and punishments. The league will have to address this, as well as the seemingly arbirtary decisions to focus on certain infractions mid-season.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the call and as much as I care about the Cup...i also wanted OV to win points and goals this year...it will be hard for him to do that now.

Someone also posted something about possble counseling...not abad idea. He has to learn to pick his spots better and the whole camera incident makes me worry about his mental state right now.
But I think there should never have been a suspension or a game miscondut

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The US teams SHOULD break OFF from the NHL and create a USHL, all this BIAS BS is MAKING ME SICK!!!!!

Posted by: riceldi | March 15, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Ovie 2 games and Cooke nothing...
Campbell=BUM

Oh well, a few days rest in Florida and Carolina just might be the ticket!

Posted by: NatyBG | March 15, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked the NHL doesn't have an appeals process. It doesn't have to be a joke like MLB, but anything would be better than this.

Posted by: jesstyr | March 15, 2010 4:56 PM |

I'm surprised as well. Does MLB have hearings with the players before suspending them or not? If they don't I assume that is why they have an appeal process.

In the NHL, I imagine the hearing is sort of the trial/appeal all wrapped into one meeting.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Fro: Okay. I guess it's better to compare it to the Koci hit on Green then. He got a 5 minute boarding call. Same situation. (except Green only got a black eye.) But the situations are similar enough, why were there different results? If Koci was suspended I'd be okay with this but he wasn't. Campbell's such a joke!!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Cooke's hit was illegal because it broke two rules, it was late and was done with an intent to injure. (it is up to the official to decide if there was an intent to injure)

Posted by: sgm3 | March 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

B.S.!!!

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 15, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Of course it's only 2 games, the NHL wouldn't want to hurt the ratings for the Pittsburgh game next Wednesday...

Posted by: bobbym1 | March 15, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Nice job breaking this, Tarik. I was waiting for news on this all afternoon and got it from your Twitter feed first and way before I could pick anything up on Google.

Posted by: mjpool | March 15, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Rule 42 - Boarding

42.1 Boarding – A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards. The severity of the penalty, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.

There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the Referees. The onus is on the player (or goalkeeper) applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a vulnerable position and if so, he must avoid the contact. However, there is also a responsibility on the player with the puck to avoid placing himself in a dangerous and vulnerable position. This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule.

Any unnecessary contact with a player playing the puck on an obvious “icing” or “off-side” play which results in that player being knocked into the boards is “boarding” and must be penalized as such. In other instances where there is no contact with the boards, it should be treated as “charging.”

42.2 Minor Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player or goalkeeper guilty of boarding an opponent.

42.3 Major Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player or goalkeeper guilty of boarding an opponent (see 42.5).

42.4 Match Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player or goalkeeper attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by boarding.

42.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.

42.6 Fines and Suspensions - Any player or goalkeeper who incurs a total of two (2) game misconducts under Rule 42 and/or Rule 44, in either Regular season or Play-offs, shall be suspended automatically for the next game of his team. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty the automatic suspension shall be increased by one game.

When a major penalty is imposed under this rule, an automatic fine of one hundred dollars ($100) shall be imposed.

If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 29).

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The US teams SHOULD break OFF from the NHL and create a USHL, all this BIAS BS is MAKING ME SICK!!!!!

Posted by: riceldi | March 15, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Only seven of the 23 teams who have won the President's Trophy have won the Stanley Cup. Four were eliminated in the first round.

I'll admit that I want to finish first, and home ice has been particularly friendly to the Caps this year. But in the end, McBride33 is right: nothing matters but the Cup run.

Washington's guaranteed no worse than the third seed. They will survive this suspension.

-----

@funbunch

Nothing to play for? I guess home ice through the playoffs counts as nothing.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Anything to give Sid the edge.

Posted by: bdcberger | March 15, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

This is ABSURD!!! Do all Canadians hate OV? That is just my impression...

Posted by: riceldi | March 15, 2010 4:51 PM

I'm wondering this same thing. Everyone on TSN was calling for a 4+ game suspension, which means that they think he got off easy. Most of them think the hit was identical to Lapierre's, and while I see similarities with respect to where the push was committed, the circumstances felt significantly different to me.

I'm getting pretty sick of Canadian media jumping on every Ovechkin hit/push/bowel movement saying that it was dirty.

Posted by: Raber | March 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I really think the Ovechkin-Campbell hit should be compared to the Adams-Ovechkin hit. I don't see any difference between the two except Ovie was closer to the boards (a more obvious boarding call), Ovie hit the boards head first (more dangerous than Campbell's shoulder blade hitting first), and Ovie wasn't injured. You cannot possibly look at the two incidents and come up with any reason why they should not be viewed as equally punishable.

Posted by: AADCDERM | March 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The US teams SHOULD break OFF from the NHL and create a USHL, all this BIAS BS is MAKING ME SICK!!!!!

Posted by: riceldi | March 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain why Adams' hit on Ovie drew no sanction? I have watched them both repeatedly and they look identical, apart from the fact that Adams' hit occurred a couple feet closer to the boards (worse, right?) and caused no significant injury. If Adams can do it to Ovie and get away with it, shouldn't Ovie be able to assume he has the same right? I'll leave it to you experts as to what's legal and what's not, but what makes no sense is how virtually the same shove of a player into the boards at full speed, after he got rid of the puck, can draw completely disparate treatment, both by the game officials and the league. It's not fair to let him be attacked, do nothing because he's a beast and impervious to normal blows, and then sanction him when he does it to someone else. He has every right to be PO'd at the disparate treatment, even if Knuble and you all are right that he's got to play a bit smarter.

Posted by: newbie1 | March 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

You got to be kidding me! Pretty soon the league is gonna suspend ovi for scoring to many goals in a game.'welp ovi,you scored more than two,your out for three games'.Its getting to be ridiculous.Just cause hes a superstar,doesnt mean he shouldnt get the same treatment as others.I'm saying it seems that players that are less under the radar seem to get away with alot more.But cause its ovi,hes made to be an example out of.Soon ovi isnt gonna know what he can or cant do or just be too afraid to do anything.Well maybe not afraid cause no matter what ovi will be ovi but it may play into his mind more and eventually play into his game.I thinks its B.S and i just cant wait to see him back here in fl. to play the lightning,I'll be there in full support of ovi and heres to him scoring 4 goals and crushing players along the way!GO OVI,GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | March 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with Ovie's game that requires counseling - what a bunch of crock. Ovie's problem is something he can't change -- he's a Russian and he's a Cap. They are held to a much higher, and very different, standard than the Mike Richards, Matt Cookes and Steve Downies that disgrace the NHL with their deliberate cheap shots. This is all about bringing him and the Caps down a notch, and the evidence is overwhelming.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

I agree with you on the Koci hit. I actually just watched it again. It looks much worse than Ovi's hit, and he didn't get anything. That was a surprise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8hR5UQltaM

Posted by: Fro_ | March 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I hate the idea of thinking there is some kind of motive why Cooke gets away with it and Ovie gets nailed.

But when its right there in front of you, what else can you say.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@doughless: 42.2 = right call.

If we want to be technical -- a la the interpretation of why Cooke wasn't penalized -- Brian Campbell broke his collarbone and ribs. Not his face. Thus, a game misconduct wasn't justified under the rules, and should have been rescinded.

Aren't subjective interpretations fun? Thanks Colin Campbell.

Posted by: Route1 | March 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

On Cooke... The type of hit may or may not be against the rules, but intent to injure is. For instance when Chris Simon lost his mind and tried to stomp someone with his skate blade he sure as heck got suspended.

I looked through my rulebook and the is nothing about using a skate to step on a player being illegal. The NHL simply doesn't have rules or precedents. It operates on opinion and bias and will be a third rate bush league until it fixes it's officiating and discipline inconsistancies.

Posted by: goalpost | March 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

the NHL is making a joke of itself

Posted by: graywolf323 | March 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

the conspriacy talk is weak!!

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Happy? No. Surprised? No. Inconsistent? Yes and that's the problem.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

An absolutely ridiculous suspension. Matt Cooke nearly takes Marc Savard's head off, on what was a total cheap shot, and gets NOTHING. Ovie makes an admittedly poor judgment, Campbell unfortunately gets injured, but the hit shouldn't haven't even warranted an ejection, let alone an additional two games. I hope Ovie rests up and comes back with the same fire in his belly he had before.

Posted by: LHeselden | March 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised by the 2 games, but count me among those who thinks the cries of bias are out to lunch. Go to any board in the NHL and you'll find posters who claim that this or another call happed because the officials don't want THEIR team to win.

It's humorous, but a bit tiresome really.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

March 15, 2010 - The day that NHL Officiating, on the ice and off, officially became a joke. Pass it on.

Posted by: dimagus | March 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I think that this was a pretty fair judgment. Some stupid toolbag on TSN.ca posted this pearl
"goat6668
15 mins ago

should have been till the playoffs just like i said on the other story. repeat offender+serious injury=10+ games. the only people who can seriously think this is a just penalty are caps fans and theyre clueless about hockey."

we must just be a bunch of idiots here in Washington, Forgive us for not being fans of the PENS. I mean really I wish these toolbags would not hide behind a screenname. I think tthat in the post season this year I want to re-enact the last scene from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. even one want to join me?

Posted by: HockeyFarmer | March 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I think the people on this board ought to be breathing a sigh of relief instead of complaining about the suspension. Two games is nothing compared to what could have been handed down considering that Campbell is out for the season. And yes, injuries sustained do play a role in what is handed out in terms of suspension, like it or not...

Can we just move on and talk about something else? I mean the Caps had one of the most if not the most impressive win of the season yesterday- a great team effort that showcased the team's depth and solidified Washington's claim to have a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Lets talk about that comeback instead of the nonstop droning about OV and Canadian bias blah blah blah.

Posted by: rademaar | March 15, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow...the Koci hit was sooooo much worse! When will the league get some consistency! It is unfair to players and fans to not be clear and consistent.

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Either the hit is illegal or it isnt...should not matter how any injury is.

If Campbell gets up and skates to the becnh with zero injuries, does that meant the hit was any less leagal or illegal?

Bunch of crap.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 15, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Gary Bettman and Colin Cambell make me miss the lockout. Can we lock them out please?


Posted by: goalpost | March 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

More rest for Ovie.
He will be a hit seeking Predator drone come playoff time.
He'll re-access what needs to be put down & what doesn't.
He'll be smarter for it.
Now he will realize there are a lot of so-called professional wimps who can't handle his strength & use the rules for their own competitive edge.

As usual, there is no need to comprehend the idiocy of the NHL rules enforcer.
I take it as good for us in the long run.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I think if the Capitals were the Alex Ovechkin show, this suspension would be lighter, as the league wouldn't want to render a team incapable for several games for a very questionable call. but I think part of the calculus was that the NHL knew nothing bad was gonna come of this suspension for the Caps. Luckily, they are likely right. Panthers are no match for the Caps, with or without OV.

Posted by: j762 | March 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Are there any persons of Russian descent in the group who met and decided this suspension?

Posted by: tslats | March 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

rademaar:

wishful thinking. but, i agree; great win and great play by guys that stepped up when needed.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Koci has never been suspended, and I don't believe he has received a 5-minute boarding penalty this year.

Green was not injured by the hit.

Ovi has three of the four elements of a suspension: illegal hit, history, and injury to player. The only thing he's missing in this situation is intent to injure.

Koci's hit had only one element - the illegal hit.

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Fro: Okay. I guess it's better to compare it to the Koci hit on Green then. He got a 5 minute boarding call. Same situation. (except Green only got a black eye.) But the situations are similar enough, why were there different results? If Koci was suspended I'd be okay with this but he wasn't. Campbell's such a joke!!

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

As much as I feel for little campbell, it is not OV's fault he is 30lbs heavier and WAY stronger! That is the only reason he is hurt! Bad luck for OV.

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I am probably the oldest Cap fan posting in this thread. Attended the first Caps home game in 74, first victory, and so on.

But I am embarrassed to read some of the idiotic comments on here.

If you people are not aware of the off-ice incidents then you have your head in the sand or really are not fans. The young man obviously has anger issues and they are starting to manifest themselves this season.

Had a Chicago player boarded Ovechkin and he had suffered a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the rest of the season(as happened in this case) and no suspension was handed down this thread would be 900 posts long by now with people whining about it.

Posted by: MKadyman | March 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

$232,645.40???

Leonsis ought to make a separate payment to the Lighthouse for the Blind in Colin Campbell's name.

I could use a new clock

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 15, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You simply can not hit a guy from behind - you just can't. There's a reason it is an automatic 15 yards in football - and there are no end boards in football. Neck and spine injuries are increasingly common in hockey, relative to football, for that reason. You have to use common sense - if a guy's back is to you, you can't drill him into the end boards. Now, should Craig Adams have gotten suspended? Absolutely. And Mike Richards hits guys high in the head all the time - and unfortunately usually gets away with it. Colin Campbell - and Bettman too - are biased idiots, but that doesn't make what Ovie did ok.

Knuble has survived this long in the league with limited skills for a reason - I really hope Ovie is smart enough to listen. He's so strong and powerful he doesn't need to do this. Federov said basically the same thing, that he wants Ovie to have a long career.

Non-Anglo-Canadiens - and that goes double for Europeans, and triple for Russian players - have a target on their backs already. Peter Forsberg got absolutely abused, as does Gonchar to this day. And Semin, for sure. The problem is, you already have 1,000 kids from Western Canada - with less than 1/10 the talent of Ovie - ready and willing to run him and every other non-Canadian, with more than a few NHL refs predisposed to look the other way.

Now, that target on Ovie's back got ten times bigger.


Posted by: govtimbo | March 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

How's this for a kick in junk:

Couldn't watch the game yesterday so I DVR'd it. Of course I didn't add the extra time (in the event of overtime- see where this is going?)

So ya, Ovi puts him into the boards, and it delays the game by 4 minutes. And that 4 minutes is all I would have needed to ensure I saw the OT. Well, regualtion ends, as does my recording. Had to go online for the result.

Ovechkin- damn you!

Posted by: Fro_ | March 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

people were talking about BB sitting OV in order to bring new people in.

looks like the NHL did it for him.

Posted by: j762 | March 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

With all his bad press this year, I doubt he will get MVP even though he deserves it.

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It's amusing that the NHL with about 25-30 players that ONLY make their living by fighting and running players decides in each case he is involved in to take 'action' against Alex Ovechkin.

There are some guys in the NHL and we know who they are that NIGHTLY make one or two plays that could conceivably draw a fine or suspension but they are allowed to play on.

I suppose you have to be a hard-hiting CANADIAN and then they will be reluctant to fine you and take your money away.

But if you are Russian or another 'foreigner' the NHL decides to make YOU the example.

Just another example of where the Canadian-run NHL is still at the glass door level a 'mom and pop shop'.............

These guys still have their heads back in the 1970's and 1980's.

The NHL today is a diverse league with players from all over the world and its no longer a platform for Canadians alone.

Poor, hurt, wounded pride...........

Posted by: leopard09 | March 15, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

How do you say "BS" in Russian?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 15, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Richards. No suspension
Cooke. No suspension
Ovechkin. Suspension

The league is officially a joke.

Downie will probably get a pass for almost breaking Crosby's leg too.

Posted by: blanknerc | March 15, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Koci has never been suspended, and I don't believe he has received a 5-minute boarding penalty this year.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:24 PM

I wasn't aware of this. Thanks for the heads up and it actually makes sense now that he wasn't suspended.

Although, one could argue that given the game situation (big lead, a little later in the game.) and what he contributes to the game (ice time/agitation/hitting/fighting etc.) that he was out there for one reason only.

I however, will not begin to argue about that.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"Only seven of the 23 teams who have won the President's Trophy have won the Stanley Cup"


this is true - but no other position (2nd - 16th) have won 7 times.

cup winners by overall pts standings (since pres trophy awarded)
1st - 7
2nd - 1
3rd - 5
4th - 2
5th - 2
6th - 2
7th - 2
8th - 1 (pens last year)
9th - 1 (48 games season)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

OV said he didn't hit Cambell that hard. He just fell too hard. Just like that little girl at the Olympics fell too , I bet.

Posted by: jerryc57 | March 15, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Former Flyer Brian Propp reminisces about his days with the "Broad Street Bullies," when opposing players would get the "Philly Flu" on game days and not play. Nowadays, they can whine to Mommy Colin and Daddy Gary and get that mean old player who hit them sent to his corner for two games. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Just keep doing what you're doing, AO. These things happen, it's a contact sport. I cannot believe how much press this is getting. Dale Hunter was dirty (I tried finding video of his hit on Pat Lafontaine (sp?)), AO is just explosive and too much to handle for most of the rest of the league. I only hope they put away the suspensions during the playoffs... If that was Crosby he put down - how many games do you think?

Posted by: kkd76 | March 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, I didn't think the push was all that bad and it certainly did not suggest an "intent to injure". Most of the hit against the board was, in my opinion, a result of Campbell losing his balance. I would suspect that on eight out of 10 similar circumstances, he would have kept his balance and not have been injured. It was a close call as to whether the hit was from the side or from behind...Could have been seen either way. Under other circumstances, this would maybe merited a two-minute penalty...At the most a four-minute minor.

The thing that causes me the most concern is how it will affect OV's play in the future. Is he going to continue to play his natural aggresive style or is he always gonna think about what might happen before he checks someone. I believe the league was wrong to issue a suspension in this case. Further, the league is totally inconsistent in handing out suspensions for these types of infractions. Until the league gets its act together, this inconsistency in the application of the rules will ruin the game in the long run...

Posted by: carsonblues | March 15, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but laugh at how much of a joke and inconsistent the NHL has become in terms of punishment. If it was any Joe Schmoe player that pushed Campbell yesterday - this suspension doesn't happen. Colin Campbell is a farce and an idiot. This hit was not even warranting a suspension at all. The league needs to wake up. You don't touch Matt Cooke but you give Ovi two games??? Really? Seriously? I'd like to invite Colin Campbell to make any lame attempt to justify this. But hey - you know what - with or without Ovi - this team knows how to win. Two extra games for Ovi to rest down the stretch.

Whether we like it or not fans - it is what it is. This team will keep rolling.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | March 15, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Had a Chicago player boarded Ovechkin and he had suffered a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the rest of the season(as happened in this case) and no suspension was handed down this thread would be 900 posts long by now with people whining about it.

Posted by: MKadyman

No one is defending what Ovechkin did. What most of us are talking about is the inconsistency with the suspensions. That's it. Why do all of you always need to pose questions like this like you are trying to prove a point or something? It's incredibly annoying. If you would read the comments no one is saying Ovechkin's hit was clean.. etc. We're talking about the NHL's crappy handing out of suspensions.

And yes you're absolutely correct! We would be going crazy had that happened to Ovechkin. Heck, we went crazy when Koci didn't get a suspension. So what's the point you're trying to make??

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Great stats, Capt_Kirk. To me, the low success rates by the President's Trophy recipients doesn't speak to a curse, but rather the difficulty of winning the Cup.

Crazy.

San Jose and the Caps seem to be two teams that would benefit from the number one overall seeds, as they both are very good at home.

(Plus, Washington's centers need all the help they can get in the faceoff circle - a few extra home draws could be huge.)

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha , follow the money and you would know why Ovie will continue to get it every time. He is the major player sponsor of Players' Emergency Assistance Fund this year. Suspending guys that donated 14K for 3 games is not like suspending one donating 240K in 2 games.

Posted by: mmilen | March 15, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Great job, Bettman and Campbell. I find a team sport I actually like and you morons decide to make it like figure skating and curling. Thanks for dumbing it down for us non-Canadians. Makes hockey that much lamer. No offense but I'd rather watch Ovi playing in another league that actually respects him and his team. I'm expecting the NHL to fold like arena football. Stupid.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Total BS. It shouldn't have been a 5 and game, let alone a suspension. I'm not the world's biggest Ovie fan and even I think this was such a bad call! The NHL needs to sit the refs down and teach them the rules, and how to enforce them.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | March 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Total BS. It shouldn't have been a 5 and game, let alone a suspension. I'm not the world's biggest Ovie fan and even I think this was such a bad call! The NHL needs to sit the refs down and teach them the rules, and how to enforce them.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | March 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Total BS. It shouldn't have been a 5 and game, let alone a suspension. I'm not the world's biggest Ovie fan and even I think this was such a bad call! The NHL needs to sit the refs down and teach them the rules, and how to enforce them.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | March 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

What a load!

Posted by: washcapsfan | March 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

There are no off ice issues. I repeat, no off ice issues. People don't have to dance and sing happy tunes to every freak that chases them with a camera phone. The players owe fans nothing but their best effort on the ice. That being said though, we have nothing to believe that Ovie has been any thing but solid off the ice. One fans opinionthat claims to be since 1974 doesn't mean a thing.

Prove it With facts Mkadyman

Posted by: goalpost | March 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

There are no off ice issues. I repeat, no off ice issues. People don't have to dance and sing happy tunes to every freak that chases them with a camera phone. The players owe fans nothing but their best effort on the ice. That being said though, we have nothing to believe that Ovie has been any thing but solid off the ice. One fans opinionthat claims to be since 1974 doesn't mean a thing.

Prove it With facts Mkadyman

Posted by: goalpost | March 15, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

WAY TO GO....the guy's out of control.....

Posted by: jerryc57 | March 15, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Ovi should play FS for the Redskins, reminds me of RIP ST21..

Posted by: md_butler | March 15, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The NHL is such a joke sometimes. Really, I love the Caps and hockey, but every year the front office with Bettman and Campbell seem to be getting more ridiculous and inconsistent. They all seem corrupt and non-credible to me, even the outcomes of certain games sometimes seem to be like they were determined before hand. We need to get these jokers out of there! No one likes them, every team's fans seem to agree on one thing, Bettman and his cronies must go!

Posted by: jonsnoek | March 15, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Didn't seem to slow down after the Gleason suspension, did he?

That's kind of the point that Damian Cox points out (check out the Bog) when he notes that these penny-anny two-game suspensions don't do anything to discourage players from repeating their offenses.

Cox points to Cooke, who has received two separate two-game suspensions, yet didn't think twice about going back to the well.

Simply put, the NHL needs to revisit how it polices the game, both on the ice and off.

As it stands with the rules in place right now, and irrespective of other infractions, Ovi's suspension is fair.

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The thing that causes me the most concern is how it will affect OV's play in the future. Is he going to continue to play his natural aggresive style or is he always gonna think about what might happen before he checks someone.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Some Capitals fans are deluded. This is not an unfair punishment, nor is it evidence of any conspiracy or bias.

To me, the only thing even resembling a controversy here is the lack of consistency from the NHL regarding all penalties and punishments. The league will have to address this, as well as the seemingly arbirtary decisions to focus on certain infractions mid-season.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

John,

Do you not think there is any kind of bias/favoritism in sports, NHL included? Do you not think certain players or teams get preferential treatment on calls, suspensions, etc? If so, can I buy some real estate in your fantasy land that you reside?

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | March 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Koci has never been suspended, and I don't believe he has received a 5-minute boarding penalty this year.

Posted by: JohninMpls

hmm... I guess your points hold true.. but maybe that should've been his first suspension. That hit (no matter if you're a repeat offender) is a suspendable hit. The "repeat offender" only strengthens your case for a suspension. In his case, he wasn't a repeat offender but he still should've been suspended since boarding is illegal.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. The two game rest before the playoffs will do Ovie good. I mean, the juxtaposition of Ovie getting two games while Cooke gets nothing for a much more egregious offense says it all about the NHL's pro-Pittsburgh bias. But it really doesn't matter at this point.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | March 15, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

It would just be nice for the league to be consistent when they hand out these suspensions. Can't believe there is any bias here, but you have to wonder.

Posted by: phrankbama | March 15, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

@ farmgirl19C: Wait, there are rules in NHL hockey??? =P

Good idea, but I doubt you'll get those Canadians to make that connection that just maybe their referees don't quite know wtf they're calling on the ice.

The good thing though is they can spot a non-Canadian a mile away. Good for them.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 15, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Only seven of the 23 teams who have won the President's Trophy have won the Stanley Cup"


this is true - but no other position (2nd - 16th) have won 7 times.

cup winners by overall pts standings (since pres trophy awarded)
1st - 7
2nd - 1
3rd - 5
4th - 2
5th - 2
6th - 2
7th - 2
8th - 1 (pens last year)
9th - 1 (48 games season)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for this again Cap'n. I've been saying that winning out overall puts us in better position than any other. The President's Cup means something real when you only have 4 regulation losses at home and any series can go to 7. According to the outcome above, President's Cup winners are better positioned to win the whole thin than any other qualifier.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 15, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

How can Colin Campbell suspend Ovechkin for a game against Florida when Campbell's son plays for them?

Hasn't the bush-league NHL heard of a conflict of interest?

Posted by: AnnTostal | March 15, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

This might be old news because I didn't search all of the boards today but Versus is back on directv.

Posted by: capsfan5 | March 15, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

what the hell...is this make example of Washington players...first Arena$ and now Ovie...

Posted by: thepinched | March 15, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I think, if pressed, everyone from Bettman to the guy who fixes the copiers in the Toronto HQ will admit that the way they assess these suspensions isn't perfect.

Of course, I don't have much faith in it being fixed. Bettman hasn't fixed anything in the NHL since the 2005 draft lottery.

(I kid.)

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Although, one could argue that given the game situation (big lead, a little later in the game.) and what he contributes to the game (ice time/agitation/hitting/fighting etc.) that he was out there for one reason only.

I however, will not begin to argue about that.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Here's an off-topic questions for someone about yesterday's game. Why wasn't Colin Fraser's hi-sticking penalty at 5:29 of the third period washed out when Backstrom scored? Typically the penalty is not called if the opposing team scores before the penalized team gains posession of the puck. Why was this situation different?

Posted by: capsfaninoslo | March 15, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying it's right; I'm just saying it's likely Campbell's rationale.

I think Ovi would not have been suspended had this been his first boarding infraction and if he had not been suspended earlier in the season, which would've made the situation an apples-to-apples comparison to the Koci hit.

As it stands, the history, coupled with the hit, bought Ovi two games.

If Koci earns another major boarding penalty this season, he'll get 1-2 games.

At least, he should. God only knows.

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hmm... I guess your points hold true.. but maybe that should've been his first suspension. That hit (no matter if you're a repeat offender) is a suspendable hit. The "repeat offender" only strengthens your case for a suspension. In his case, he wasn't a repeat offender but he still should've been suspended since boarding is illegal.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This might be old news because I didn't search all of the boards today but Versus is back on directv.

Posted by: capsfan5

Wait seriously? I didn't hear about this. Awesome!!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"Of course it's only 2 games, the NHL wouldn't want to hurt the ratings for the Pittsburgh game next Wednesday..."

I'd sit most of the guys out and tell the league that the Caps are resting them for the playoffs.

I've read many posts on here and agree with plenty, but here's the real deal....

The NHL will NEVER let a Russian like Ovie win a cup. He's the best player in the NHL and that's damaging to "thier" sport. The refs in the NHL favor Canadian players and it's just got to stop.

They might as well already give the next Cup to Crosby, it looks like they are going to be kissing his butt through the playoffs this year as well.

It's getting to be such a joke anymore.

Ovie might as well have a big fat bullseye on his back. I'm not even looking foward to the playoffs this year.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

This might be old news because I didn't search all of the boards today but Versus is back on directv.

Posted by: capsfan5 | March 15, 2010 5:47 PM


i hope this is true - if not i blame capsfan5 for the versus/dirt tv debacle :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 15, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The goal washed out the remaining time on the first half of the Hendry double minor instead of the Fraser high sticking minor.

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Here's an off-topic questions for someone about yesterday's game. Why wasn't Colin Fraser's hi-sticking penalty at 5:29 of the third period washed out when Backstrom scored? Typically the penalty is not called if the opposing team scores before the penalized team gains posession of the puck. Why was this situation different?

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

2 games sounds light given the fact that Campbell may miss the rest of the season. But at least the NHL is sending a message that this is not the KHL.

Caps fans, look at the bright side: The team played a pretty impressive 3rd period after he was given the boot yesterday.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 15, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Sid the Kid should be suspended 5 games for being a pusillanimous cry baby.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 15, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! How will we ever beat Florida and Carolina without OV.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 15, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

i hope this is true - if not i blame capsfan5 for the versus/dirt tv debacle :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

Yes it's true!! Some happy news today! I was going to have a heart attack if it didn't come back before the start of the playoffs. So happy. We can watch Devils/Bruins tonight!

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=521480

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans, think about the roles being reversed and Campbell sent OV into the boards and he was now out the year? You would be screaming your heads off calling for a season long suspension. Campbell is out for the rest of the year and playoffs due to a broken collarbone and several broken ribs. Pretty server injury that could have been even worse.

As a youth ref and coach, I saw a two handed push from behind and it was clearly a penalty. The fact he is a repeat offender of cheap shots and he is lucky to get off with only two games!

The comments by Mike Milbury were a joke and send a dangerous message to kids watching that game. He basiclly said hits like that should be allowed. He should go talk to the family of some kid who has been crippled because of a check like that. I know one he could go talk to. The kid is in high school and will never walk again because he was hit from behind into the boards.

Finally, the difference between the Savard/Cooke play and many of these others talked about by Milbury is Cooke did not do anything against the rules. He did not leave his feet. He did not throw up his elbow. He did not make contact from behind. Savard had his head at an angle that his chin hit Cooke's shoulder pad as he skated into him.

Posted by: scotts2 | March 15, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

@John - I think it wasn't washed out because Fraser's sticked Backy in the face - at least that's how it looked on the replays, and Backstrom appeared to put his hand to his face right after. A high-stick to the face doesn't wash out, it's automatic - if that was indeed the call.

Posted by: govtimbo | March 15, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! How will we ever beat Florida and Carolina without OV.

Posted by: CapsXXVI

Exactly! Haha! No worries. It's not like we're on the outside lookin in... I'm just mad because I want Ovie to win Rocket Richard... let's just hope Crosby or Stamkos doesn't score any goals while he's out. We'll do fine tomorrow... and on Thursday (?)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Sid the Kid should be suspended 5 games for being a pusillanimous cry baby.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 15, 2010 6:00 PM

that's funny

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 15, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Chucktown has it right. Anyone who questions the existence of cultural bias in the NHL is naive and ignorant as to the league's history.

Alan May makes the point that TSN has a campaign against Ovi. They beat the drum for severe discipline against him at every opportunity, they hear about the results of the disciplinary hearings before public release of information. They are very closely tied in to the NHL administration.

Posted by: zmega | March 15, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Geez... please read all the comments. PLEASE PEOPLE STOP ASKING "if the roles were reversed you would be going crazy...." we've had that asked like 10 times already! You are not making any point.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!! This marks the second time COLIN CAMPBELL suspends Ovie for a Florida Panther game. Is it a coincidence that Colin's son GREG CAMPBELL plays for the Panthers??????????????????????????????????????????????

Let's see what Litter Box Cats has to say:

http://www.litterboxcats.com/

Posted by: RIVETTESGR | March 15, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

It is true I am a directv customer and I have Versus on right now. Sweeeeet because now I can watch the Boston vs NJ game rather than tolerating the Edmonton vs Columbus game which is the only game on NHL Center Ice. I'm glad that dispute is over.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

nWo 4 life.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 15, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the difference between the Savard/Cooke play and many of these others talked about by Milbury is Cooke did not do anything against the rules. He did not leave his feet. He did not throw up his elbow. He did not make contact from behind. Savard had his head at an angle that his chin hit Cooke's shoulder pad as he skated into him.

Posted by: scotts2 | March 15, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

somehow I don't think Savard or Booth feels any better because they got knocked out by a "legal" hit

would you feel any better if your kid got crippled by a legal hit??

Posted by: joek443 | March 15, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, if you want to make contact with a player and not get suspended, you should sneak up behind him and hit him in the head and possibly knock them out (Richards, Cooke), rather than giving someone a little push. Pretty weak stuff.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 15, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

so if Campbell doesnt get his Vajayjay broke does Ovie still get 2 games ? and is Colon Campbell going to pay me the difference between what i paid for Thursdays game tickets in Raliegh and what they are worth now ? the NHL used to be for MEN...what do they want it to be now

Posted by: heathdog1119 | March 15, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe one of these suspensions will sink in and Ovie will start making better decisions. I'd much rather see him miss two totally meaningless games now than get tossed for an entire series if he decides to go after Gonchar's knee again.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | March 15, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Ovie two games...not sure about that. Matt Cooke zero games...I am sure about this one: BullS***!

NHL, Buttmen and Colon and Refs....in the words of the late great Rodney Dangerfield in Caddy Shack: Keep it fair, keep it fair!

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | March 15, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

what a crock of BS !!!! What is going on here ?? Do the players even know what is and isn't a penalty anymore ?? So OV gets (2) for outweighing the guy by 40lbs and being that much stronger !!!! Those punks need to take up another sport !!!

Posted by: FishCaps | March 15, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

To those defending OV's hit, I'd like to see your reaction if OV was the one hit and ended up with a broken collarbone.

To those complaining about the inconsistency of the NHL, I'm with you since no one can defend the indefensible.

In between the first and second periods, I watched replays of the head shots laid on some guys and every one of them deserved a suspension. Haven't seen the similar hit against OV that some mentioned, but if was anything like the descriptions, the offender should have been suspended, too.

Posted by: Sluggo2 | March 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Good for BB pointing out the league's (once again) inconsistencies in a public forum. The NHL doesn't care what we the fans think but hopefully the clowns in charge will not appreciate his comments.

The NHL is leaving some of is with the perception that much Ovechkin's "guilt" stems from 2 facts: He is Russian and not Canadian, and he doesn't play for the Pens, who can literally almost get away with murder without sanction. (not really an exaggeration, is it Marc Savard?)

Posted by: capsfan36 | March 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks rachel216 I'm tired of reading that too. As a matter of fact Ovi has been run, Green has been run, and Semin has been run, none of which resulted in a suspension so please STOP asking if we'd be upset. The answer is YES because our superstars never get protected by the league. Anyhow, just got done watching portions of yesterday's game and now that Ovi has been suspended the hit by Brouwer on Semin ticks me off even more. It was directly from behind, Semin didn't have the puck for at least 3 seconds, and his collision with the boards was much more violent. Anyone that watches that and doesn't admit it was worse than the Ovi hit is plain stupid. If you have it on your DVR is happens at the 8:46 point (11:14 left on the game clock). Take a look for yourself.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Can hardly wait to read what Wilbon has to say about all this. Oh, wait, that will be next summer won't it?

Posted by: RogerNoVa | March 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I just went through every post and I didn't see one post that defended Campbell's decision to suspend Ovechkin that also addressed Campbell's lack of action against Craig Adams. C'mon Colon apologists let's hear an explanation or ANALysis of the two incidents.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | March 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

How does the league guarantee that the poster child Canadian, Crosby finally win a scoring title? Don't suspend any Penguins and suspend Ovetchkin, every chance you get.

Posted by: Glen7 | March 15, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

anyone know what hotel the caps r staying at??

Posted by: meikesports | March 15, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Its Hockey, Campbell did not protect himself, The Refs and the NHL need to get it together!!!!!!!
Time for the commish to address these issues. The Rules change on a weekly basis.
I guess the NHL wants to lose fans and go broke again.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | March 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Its Hockey, Campbell did not protect himself, The Refs and the NHL need to get it together!!!!!!!
Time for the commish to address these issues. The Rules change on a weekly basis.
I guess the NHL wants to lose fans and go broke again.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | March 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Its Hockey, Campbell did not protect himself, The Refs and the NHL need to get it together!!!!!!!
Time for the commish to address these issues. The Rules change on a weekly basis.
I guess the NHL wants to lose fans and go broke again.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | March 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I think if you really want to set a tone that this will not be tolerated, you hammer the leagues biggest star.

If Crosby wasnt such a panty-filler, he would lay someone out and take a fine/suspension.

Maybe thats why Colin Campbell sat him

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Can hardly wait to read what Wilbon has to say about all this. Oh, wait, that will be next summer won't it?

Posted by: RogerNoVa | March 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

he just said on PTI that suspend'em all, Ovi, Cooke and all the others...

Posted by: joek443 | March 15, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Two games sounds about right to me. He's lucky it wasn't more. A dirty hit by a consistently dirty player!!

Posted by: JPDC39 | March 15, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Even fans at Litter Box Cats, the Florida Panthers colossus, thinks the penalty is too harsh.

Posted by: RIVETTESGR | March 15, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

@Real_ESPNLeBrun You know who loves every time OV is suspended? The Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Posted by: joek443 | March 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

GOOD. I am glad he's suspended. Should have been suspended for more games to teach AO and the rest of the NHL that violence in hockey is never tolerated.

There was no reason for the hit in the first place.

Those people from the players to the media that tolerate such hits, well, allow me to slam you into the boards almost head-first and see how you feel after such a hit. It won't tickle that's for sure.

Violence such as fighting, possible injury or life threatening hits are why I don't attend games.

If the players would focus more on the game than killing each other, the sport might be more fun to watch or attend.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | March 15, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

To those defending OV's hit, I'd like to see your reaction if OV was the one hit and ended up with a broken collarbone.

Posted by: Sluggo2

I would still call it a 2 minute penalty, 4 minutes due to the injury. The fact of the matter is that the toepick is the only reason either of them would lose their balance and fall at such a bad angle into the boards. You don't give ejections or suspensions to the other guy for a toepick.

Posted by: dimagus | March 15, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Two games sounds about right to me. He's lucky it wasn't more. A dirty hit by a consistently dirty player!!

Posted by: JPDC39 | March 15, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

there's nothing wrong with being a "dirty" player... so were Gordie Howe and Mark Messier

Posted by: joek443 | March 15, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I would be curious to see how many fans of other teams would care about this hit had it been given by someone like Gordon or Stecks...I guarantee nobody would have cared then.

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

anyone know what hotel the caps r staying at??

Posted by: meikesports | March 15, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Which player did you have in mind to harass?

Posted by: zmega | March 15, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The Caps' record this year in games which Alex Ovechkin either missed or left early due to injury, suspension or ejection: 9-2-1. :-)

Posted by: ykc8 | March 15, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Colin Campbell in particular, and Canadian officials in general have a strong bias against Russians players and favoritism for Canadians and Canadian teams. It's time that the league be forced to balance the league office and officiating with equals numbers.
Sid will never win scoring titles or MVP until the league can sit OV.
As for the play, officials "push" players to the penalty box harder than OV pushed on the boarding.
Need to hire a real goon to wipe out 87 and even things out. Just kidding.

Posted by: pjohn2 | March 15, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

They thought tossing him off the game was going to doom the Caps on the ice and favor the Hawks. Not the outcome they expected. Now they think that suspending him for 2 games is going to hurt the Caps and help Tweety Bird with the scoring title and break the Russian machine's spirit. The law of unintended consequences is at play here. This will only make the Great8 more determined and will inspire the Caps to play great hockey in support of their Captain. The best revenge is victory...go Caps!

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 15, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I really hope OV takes off in the scoring when he gets back! If he can take goals, points, +/-, and maybe top 5 in assists even when missing 10 games...that would be a slap in the face to Campbell! Go Get em OV!!!!!!!

LETS GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

This entire season reeks of the NHL trying to assure that the crybaby of Pittsburgh wins MVP. This is an orchestrated effort to make OV8 into an ogre. Irresponsible and gutless moves by NHL.

Ovechkin IS the face of the NHL.

Posted by: AWWNats | March 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

1. A few games rest will be good for him.

2. He should not change his game, the NHL should change its disciplinary process to ensure more fairness and consistancy.

3. Shoe on the other foot talk is pointless. Anyone asking how caps fans would feel if the hit was on Ovie should also ask if the same "hit" on Ovie would have have even been called, let alone given a suspension.

4. Boarding in the NHL is supposed to entail taking multiple strides before hitting another player or hitting them with their back turned. Im not denying that such hits hould be called. However, on the play in question Ovie was skating alongside/just slightly behind Campbell and pushed him towards the boards without skating towards him or even crosschecking him all while bothe were parallel to and not facing the boards. Had Campbell not lost his balance he would not have hit the boards, would not have been injured, and no penalty would have been called.

5. it sucks that Campbell was hurt and will maybe be out for the season, but acidents happen and punishing a player for a legal hit is absurd.

Posted by: johnqpublic1 | March 15, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone here see a potential larger issue? If OV is constantly beat down over here in the United States from officials and the tigher ruling system, does that now give him motivation to consider playing elsewhere...errrr...Russia? Get paid the most, not be micro-officiated, and be in his homeland? Just my thoughts.

Posted by: LouderCAPs | March 15, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This isall a big pile of crap the NHL has had it out for the CAPS for a long time does anyone remember when Dale Hunter #32 got 21 days for hitting Pierre Teogoen in the play offs well we will get revenge in the cup finals...i just wonder why OV doesnt take out poor CINDY CROSBY ONCE AND FOR ALL

Posted by: pressmad | March 15, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin won't be winning the Lady Byng this year. Hopefully he wins the Conn Smyth :)

Posted by: alanb1 | March 15, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

This is a simple thing. Did the man have the puck, no, did he have his back turned, yes, was he in a vunerable position, yes, did this clown have to push him from behind in to the boards at all, no, all the rest is just nothing. He endanged another player for absolutely no reason, except he is a pee brain that does it often, he get the time out. Although I do not think much goes though his head as he seems a bit of dizzy bugger. Star or not, the guy is a dirty player and should be viewed as such. No different than Richards.

Posted by: skscottkeyes | March 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! How will we ever beat Florida and Carolina without OV.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 15, 2010 6:02 PM

Arrogant enough?

The difference between the best and worst teams in this league is marginal.

Any team can beat any other team on any given night.

Carolina has already beat us this season. I think they've taken 4 out of 8 points against us and have played us tight in every game other than the one where they crushed us.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I am first a Boston Bruins fan, from Boston, but love to watch the Cap and Ovechkin play, heading down to DC and will see the Caps play against Calgary. That the NHL suspended Ovechkin and not Matt Cooke is mind boggling to me. Cooke's "hit" was far more serious, a blind side hit to THE HEAD. In Ovechkin's case, if Campbell of the Hawks does not hit the boards is there even a penalty? That type of hit takes place at least a dozen times in every NHL game. Colin Campbell really has his head buried in the sand on this one. In fact, it is hard to tell WHICH Campbell really took the hit! Maybe it has something to do with suspending Russians and not Canadians (see Mike Richards earlier in the year also)...

Posted by: markfr59 | March 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This is all a big pile of crap the NHL has had it out for the CAPS for a long time does anyone remember when Dale Hunter #32 got 21 days for hitting Pierre Teogoen in the play offs well we will get revenge in the cup finals...i just wonder why OV doesnt take out poor CINDY CROSBY ONCE AND FOR ALL

Posted by: pressmad | March 15, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Ovie's hit yesterday was not malicious. Downie should get run for the year for what he did to public enemy #1. The NHL's inconsistencies make me sick.

Posted by: dcmusician2 | March 15, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Personally, for Ovechkin and the Caps sake, I have no problem with this. Not because the hit was dirty or anything like that. I am happy that Ovie will finally get some rest. He has been going full blast since the first of the year and really has had no reprieve.
As for how the caps fare in the two games. I have no worries. We are 9 and 2 when he hasnt' been in the lineup because of injury, suspension, or game misconduct.

As for the hit itself. It shouldn't have even been a major. Cambell's skate caught the ice which is what caused the fall. Ovie's push is all people are looking at.

Also, I am with Alan May. It is all the canadian media's fault.

Posted by: rockinthered1 | March 15, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Ovie needs some rest after the olympics. I loved watching Backstrom do his #8 imitation in the 3rd and o.t. This too shall pass.

Posted by: Puckthepens | March 15, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The Canadian public school system failed skscottkeyes and Campbell and Bettman. The lowest common denominator - they're all idiots. The new slogan for the Canadian Hockey League - We'll Make it Up as We Go Along Here, Eh.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 15, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Alan May said something I was thinking all last night...
Campbell knew some1 was on him & did nothing NOTHING to protect himself.

That is hockey's #1 rule: keep your head up & on a swivel.
He did nothing to brace himself.

Basically he got pushed like a bean bag for 11ft???!!
Is he an NHL pro or an invalid?

Watch Campbell come back by season's end. Watch.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 15, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm not happy, but hope that OV talks Knuble's comments to heart. OV has to learn when not to hit if only to save the wear and tear on his body over a LONG career.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | March 15, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I think most of us would agree that the NHL is consistently inconsistent on its "discipline" (and I use that term loosely with respect to situations like the inaction with Cooke). Honestly, I am done with this whole thing. Ovie got a suspension that I don't think he deserved, but what's done is done. Let's not let this overshadow our great come-from-behind victory on Sunday. More importantly, let's move forward and let our play speak for itself. Oh, and stop feeding the trolls! :)

Posted by: curlyqcapsfan | March 15, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I've watched the Koci hit on Green, Richards on Booth and Cooke on Savard and it seems to be no doubt there was intent to injure on all of these hits. Two of them were shoulder hits targeting the head. Colin Campbell used the term "reckless" in describing Ovechkin's push on Campbell but doesn't seem to think these other three were reckless in any way. This is the problem with the NHL....there is always a lack of consistency.
I have no problem with Ovechkin's suspension if we were seeing an effort to crack down on dangerous hits and plays around the league but this ruling is obsurd in comparison to other decisions the league has made.

Posted by: charlottechris | March 15, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Two games. Very iffy, but I reckon it could have been worse. I'd like to see the league institute suspensions for whining (not referring to Campbell or the Hawks; I wish them well). Now that would be interesting.

Posted by: prestoj | March 15, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the replay again for the 103rd time. Although I hate to see Ovechkin suspended, if you watch his reaction after the hit I think he knew he had really messed up. I think he dropped the f-bomb 2 or 3 times. At least he'll get some time off before the playoffs. Unfortunately incidents like this just add to the piling on by TSN and others. I had to stop reading the comments on he TSN site, because my blood pressure was going through the roof!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | March 15, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the replay again for the 103rd time. Although I hate to see Ovechkin suspended, if you watch his reaction after the hit I think he knew he had really messed up. I think he dropped the f-bomb 2 or 3 times. At least he'll get some time off before the playoffs. Unfortunately incidents like this just add to the piling on by TSN and others. I had to stop reading the comments on he TSN site, because my blood pressure was going through the roof!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | March 15, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I am a huge Caps fan and a big fan of OV. However he has consistently shown no regard for the well being of other players. The hit on Campbell was simply uncalled for. Running/pushing Campbell the way he did was low rent, period.

The OV apologist needs to look deep in their hearts and consider how they would feel if a similar hit on Green took place. I can guarantee everyone would be calling for OV's head.

We may have the best player on the planet, but recent incidents have shown that he is also one of the dirtiest to ever play the game.

Bash away. Blame the injury on a rut in the ice, Campbell not paying attention, OV following through on a check, . Fact is OV slammed a vulnerable player knowing full well he was defenseless.

2 games is a joke. Had it been Bradley, Steckle, Walker or Gordon it would have been 10+. Once again OV get's off easy because he is a franchise player.

Posted by: FLDave | March 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

He's a Russian Goon should be boarded off the ice.

Posted by: thitchings | March 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

For those posting here today about what I or we as Caps fans would think if the roles were reversed, I'll tell you my opinion of that. If the roles were the same but Ovie was hurt, I would still say Campbell shouldn't have been suspended. His 5 and game misconduct would have been enough.

Campbell's right skate got caught in a rut and it caused him to go down. Otherwise both players would have gone into the boards standing up and play would have continued. The problem is there is no consistency with Colin Campbell. It is a joke he is suspended.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 15, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the double post...

Posted by: kcbrichmond | March 15, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Colin Campbell, F______kyou, you f____ AS____E! Does anybody know his e-mail? If you do, please flood it with SPAM. Thank you.

Posted by: fbutler1 | March 15, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

He is a Russian F Goon. Its sooo easy a cave man can do it.

Posted by: thitchings | March 15, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Campbell = Game Misconduct + Suspension. It's a very simple equation, but lacks any insight into the fact that (a) Campbell was hit from the side, (b) lost his balance and (c) crashed into the boards after he lost his edge. Matt Cooke hits soneone in the head from the blind side and gets no penalty or suspension? This after he rammed Ovechkin headfirst into the side boards during the Pens-Caps game.

The thing that bothers me the most is the lack of consistency of Colin Campbell in enforcing the league rules. If this was any other player except Ovechkin involved in the play, there is nothing more than a 5-minute major and a game misconduct. Does Ovechkin sometimes go over the edge with his physical play? Yes, but he did not intend to hurt Campbell when he pushed him. Later in the game Bouwer of Chicago clearly boarded Semin head first into the boards and there wasn't even a 2-minute penalty (or even a mention by NBC).

There seems to be a general bias of the NHL and NBC against Ovechkin. Some of it may because he's overly aggressive, but is part of it because he's Russian? It seems odd that Ovechkin always gets singled out while other enforcer types of Canadian ancestry get off much ligher for on ice penalties.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 15, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"2 games is a joke. Had it been Bradley, Steckle, Walker or Gordon it would have been 10+. Once again OV get's off easy because he is a franchise player."


Hey FLDave, you sure about that? Take a look at what what Matt Cooke got and take a look at this non-suspended hit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTv2uSAiYx4


Posted by: ouvan59 | March 15, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

punk

Posted by: wilk3321 | March 15, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Maxim Lapierre got four games for a hit that was almost exactally what Ovechkin did so two games is actually less then what was given just ten days ago. I know going in the NHL was not going to suspend Ovechkin for the same 4 because then he would miss the Pens game and the NHL would never suspend him for that game and that markering oppertunity (the game is on NHL network btw). The NHL made a bad call a week ago suspending Maxim Lapierre and now they have to live with that bad decision just like they are living with the bad decision not to suspend Richards which is the only reason Cooke got nothing and they are getting blasted in the media for that.

As for any potenital bais toward the Caps in favor of the Pens with this decision is just stupid. They could have suspended Ovechkin the same four games they did Maxim Lapierre and he would have missed twice as many games including a head-to-head game against the Pens that could allow them to really catch up in the standings. Also as far as the scoring race goes, who cares? Ovechkin already has scoring titles, and MVP awards. What he wants is a Cup to go with all of that and this two game suspension does nothing to hurt his chances of that.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 15, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

thitchings - go watch ice skating you wimp.

Posted by: alanb1 | March 15, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

In the Bruins/Devils game on Versus Seidenberg just made a very similar hit on Langenbrunner who hit the boards just like Campbell did. No penalty.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Cooke gets no games for nearly taking a guy's head off on purpose. Ovechkin gets two games for an incidental push. A little pro - Pissburgh bias anyone?

Posted by: dcsportsdude | March 15, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

@zmega lol, i wud probably harass green for an autograph

Posted by: meikesports | March 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

@ccCapsfan

I saw the same thing. Bottom line, not an atypical play...its hockey.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | March 15, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

@Sonyask (from a previous thread)

On the lines:

Normally, I would assume that Flash would be on the first line, with Backstrom and Knuble as that was the case when Ovi was hurt in November. But due to the game yesterday, BB had started with Flash there in place of Ovi but since Flash was not having one of his better days, Chimmer was moved up to the first line. Hence, I figure Chimmer might stay.

For the other lines -- it seems that Semin has had such a rough time lately. Don't get me wrong, I think he's been trying hard. He made some good defensive plays before messing up and getting himself penalized. But maybe he should be moved down a line for a game or two. (He'll be back up soon, of course.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

So now Ovi is suspended for his hit on Campbell. What can we conclude from the last few weeks in the NHL? It's not unreasonable to conclude if you play on any hockey team within 100 miles of Sid Crosby, you can do whatever you want to any player on the opposing team (stars included) and have no ramifications. If, however, you are the main rival to Crosby, the rules are applied to you with additional penalties. It's not a stretch to see that the league has a hard on for Crosby and wants the cup in Pittsburgh again this year. The fix is in. Why bother watching hockey if the outcome is predetermined?

Posted by: shermi74 | March 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Knuble makes a fair point about Ovi. But I wonder whether it would be better off made face-to-face, in the locker room, as opposed to in the press. The NHL website is already quoting Knuble in support of the suspension decision. Knuble gives credibility to a decision that cannot be justified based on comparable precedents.

Posted by: zmega | March 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Here's one of several things I don't understand about this whole thing. The standard complaint about European players is that they play too soft. Now, there is a great Russian player who plays Canadian style and you have lots of people unhappy about it. This is pure xenophobia.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

did langebruner go out on a stretcher?

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

He's a real sweetheart alright.

Past incidents involving Ovechkin include:

- a knee-on-knee hit on the Hurricanes' Tim Gleason

- an infamous knee on Sergei Gonchar during 2009 playoffs, causing the Penguins' defenceman to miss several games

- a hit on the Lightning's Jamie Heward that saw him leave the ice on a stretcher

- a check that sent Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres into the boards face-first

- a slew foot on the Thrashers' Rich Peverley

- a big blindside hit on Daniel Briere of the Sabres

But, he's just an "on the edge player". Leftcoastcapfan has his head stuck pretty far up old Alex's not to understand "dirty" play. Go find another team to cheer for, maybe the Nationals.

Posted by: skscottkeyes | March 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

colin campbell = the definition of shenanigans

Posted by: formerlylove1 | March 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

2 games is a joke. Had it been Bradley, Steckle, Walker or Gordon it would have been 10+. Once again OV get's off easy because he is a franchise player.


Posted by: FLDave | March 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

wow, there is double standards in this world... how enlightening

if it had been some no name driver who sent Brad Keselowski's car airborne at Atlanta last week, he probably would have been told not to show up at the racetracks for a couple months.. but since it was Carl Edwards, he got a probation

this is BUSINESS and a lot of people pay good money to see Ovi play hockey... why would the NHL shoot themselves in the foot to "send a message"... they're NOT that stupid

Posted by: joek443 | March 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

It's amusing that OV will be back for the Caps-Pens game. You knew they wouldn't let him miss that game for all the "dirty hits" in the world. The NHL is becoming more of a joke every year. I almost don't even want to watch NHL games anymore. If it weren't for the Caps.....

Posted by: LloydChristmas | March 15, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Bettman and Colin Campbell are an embarrasment to profesional sports management. The undertone to this incident is that Ovechkin is a big enough star so that the sackless BOYS at the NHL offices won't take appropriate action. I was at the game and saw the incident live and its replay multiple times on the United Center monitors. Absolutely no question that Ovechkin's intent was to deliberately maliciously injure Campbell with a flagrant boarding penalty frfom behind off of the play. We are supposed to be viewing an NHL product which is free from goon hockey; a product which appeals to the family market and emphasises speed, execution, and finesse. Conversely, Sackless Bettmen and his flunkies are tolerating this constantly repeat, cheap shot offender. The NHL needs establish policies which are uniformly applied to all regardless of their marquee status.

Posted by: cubssouvenirman | March 15, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

How the hell do you play Hockey carefully???
How the Hell do you play Hockey cautiously??
Like Terry Bradshaw said about Quarterbacks whenever the Caps play any team put skirts on all the opposing teams players so OVE doesn't hit any of them.

Whats going on with this NHL? Are they trying to take hitting out of the game? Even Mike Milbury said soon they will be playing SQUASH.And He's right and I don't agree with Milbury often. Has anybody asked Gordie Howe what he thinks of the Ovechkin Hit and this new crusade towards powderpuff Hockey???Gordie couldn't play in the NHL today---no Gordie Howe hat trick! The only players who benefit from softer play are player that never hit anybody anyhow. Crosby comes to mind--he only retaliates never initiates a hit---heaven forbid anyone should put a big hit on Crosby-pantywaist.The NHL would have a fit.
Mike Kanuble should keep his comments to himself--play more CAREFUL Indeed? Again I ask how do you play Hockey CAREFULLY or CAUTIOUSLY??/ Put skirts on 'em all and call it POWDER-PUFF HOCKEY.UGH

Posted by: duckyjimpond | March 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

@cubsouvenirman - Yeah, the Hawks have never employed goons, have they? You never had a problem with any of them, did you?

Posted by: zmega | March 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

Sad to say, it appears that Campbell is out for the year. Hence, that's why Ovi is suspended.

I am downright upset and fit to be tied. There's no consistency for officiating. Why are head shots not suspendable? Why can't people get double minors for Boarding; i.e. why only the possibility of 2 minutes or 5 minutes.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

If anyone thinks for a fraction of a second that there is no favoritism, xenophobia, or Las Vegas money influence in this and every other pro sports league you are beyond naive. 2 games seems about right to me - but the inconsistency in the NHL is bad and not its not accidental.

Posted by: AlexVa1 | March 15, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Typical anti-Russian bias from the NHL. There's really no other way to describe it at this point.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | March 15, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Those of you watching the Bruin vs Devils game on Versus did you see the hit Seidenberg delivered on Parise? Parise never touched the puck and Seidenbert pushed him just before he got to the boards and Parise ended up hitting the boards just like Campbell and Semin. The guy working with Doc Emrick is the normal Bruins guy and he said "plays like that happen on every shift in hockey." This makes Ovi's penalty and suspension even more of a joke.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

Gee, I didn't see any stretcher yesterday. I did however see one in Boston not too long ago. Consistency baby...consistency.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | March 15, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a suspension to Ovi to bring all the trolls back to this board.

They stayed silent for so long. They weren't here for our winning streak.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"...Absolutely no question that Ovechkin's intent was to deliberately maliciously injure Campbell..."

from cubsouvenirman
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Wow, this is the definition of someone being biased in sports. This guy is so biased, he can't even see straight. Tell me cubsouvenirman, did you also see OV using a pitch fork instead of a hockey stick? You probably see the devil himself pushing your little bitty defensemen into the boards.

This is my favorite quote of this whole overblown situation. Priceless.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | March 15, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

@cubssouvenirman...

Explain to me how it was "off the play" when Ovechkin made contact no more than 1 second after Campbell dumped the puck up the boards? How do you know he meant to "injure" Campbell? If you actually watched the replay as you say, did you see Campbell's right skate hit the rut and buckle under the check already in progress? I wasn't aware you were able to read people's minds.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 15, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Langenbrunner was able to get right up, but I thought the hit was worse than Ovi's. Seidenberg actually sort of lifted him and threw him into the boards as part of the hit.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 15, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"How the hell do you play Hockey carefully???"

They play hockey on the ice.

If you drive on the ice in your car, even if you're driving carefully, you can get in an accident.

Campbell slipped on the ice after Ovie pushed (not HIT) him and he went into the boards.

Com'on NHL, don't be so dumb.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 15, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

scottiekeyes,

where was the outrage when Crosby punched a man in the back of the head and then the testicles when he was engaged with another pens player, or when Crosby jumped an unsuspecting player in the faceoff circle? Where is outrage when Mike Richards hits Booth? And anyone that doesn't see Matt Cooke bring his elbow back to his side after hitting Savard is a blind. Excusing the canadians and attacking Ovie is BS. Also, anything done to Briere is fine, he took his stick to Ovie's junk. He should go out on a stretcher. Campbell needs to go and trolls should stay on their own boards.

Posted by: bestpilotonearth | March 15, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

scottiekeyes,

where was the outrage when Crosby punched a man in the back of the head and then the testicles when he was engaged with another pens player, or when Crosby jumped an unsuspecting player in the faceoff circle? Where is outrage when Mike Richards hits Booth? And anyone that doesn't see Matt Cooke bring his elbow back to his side after hitting Savard is a blind. Excusing the canadians and attacking Ovie is BS. Also, anything done to Briere is fine, he took his stick to Ovie's junk. He should go out on a stretcher. Campbell needs to go and trolls should stay on their own boards.

Posted by: bestpilotonearth | March 15, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"...the inconsistency in the NHL is bad and not its not accidental. "

You got that right. Does anyone really think a multimillion dollar business (the NHL, NFL, MLB) is left completely up to chance? Don't buy it. Still, it's a fun game to watch and teams still have to score goals to win, however, as we've seen with officiating, games can easily be swayed in one direction by awful calls. Can't argue the facts.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | March 15, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

@shermi74

No suspension for Cooke's hit (since it wasn't "technically" against the rules)

No suspension for Richards' hit to Booth.

No suspension for Carcillo's recent shenanigans

Suspension for Ovi and Green.

Suspension for LaPierre on Montreal.

Methinks there's some bias going on and it seems that the Penguins and Flyers seem to get away with more. And the Caps are penalized worse, as is Montreal. Maybe it's all coincidental. A Cap player seems to do wrong when there's much discussion of a recent event (i.e. Cormier incident in juniors; Cooke incident) and, thus, is the guy to be made an example of when something happens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

A perspective at Dump 'n Chase ("Stop Making Sense") I hadn't considered: http://dumpnchase.com/

Posted by: SlugGirl69 | March 15, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Langenbrunner was stood up at the blueline by Stuart I believe. Seidenberg was the one who nailed Parise. After the panel hung Ovi, at the commercial break VS showed the hit on Parise and the Patrick guy said "and nothing was called on that."

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

"Colin Campbell Must Go" at Fanhouse:

http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2010/03/15/colin-campbell-must-go/

Posted by: SlugGirl69 | March 15, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

My prediction is that Ovie come's back from his 2 game suspension and still beat Crybaby for the lead league in goals. Now that would be sweet!

Posted by: sammie21 | March 15, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Watch out for the man on the grassy knoll.

The NHL does not want a Russian captain that plays the game like the Canadians native's used to play the game, i.e the Flyers, to hoist Lord Stanley.

The fix is in.

The Caps will have to fight their way to the Cup.

Posted by: backseatreviewer | March 15, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would see the day when a Chicago sports fan complained that a Washington athlete was playing too rough with one of their boys. Chi-town must be going soft.

Posted by: zmega | March 15, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Watch out for the man on the grassy knoll.

The NHL does not want a Russian captain that plays the game like the Canadians native's used to play the game, i.e the Flyers, to hoist Lord Stanley.

The fix is in.

The Caps will have to fight their way to the Cup.

Posted by: backseatreviewer | March 15, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure which side is more silly... this one or the other side that wants Ovi's head on a platter

Posted by: joek443 | March 15, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

skskottkeyes: You and every other Ovi hater probably forget that Briere speared Ovechkin twice later on that season. Go ahead and say Ovi deserved it, I expect you to.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

cubssouvenirman: Hmm, your Hawks can't seem to hold a lead. Red Wings, Flyers, and now the Capitals. Maybe you guys should have tried to get our #3 goaltender playing in Hershey.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

TO FL DAVE WHO CALLS HIMSELF A HUGE CAPS FAN?????You call Ovechkin a dirty player?? Their is a difference between DIRITY and Rough and Tough. Ovechkin plays like Gordie Howe played. Gordie couldn't play in today's game. The So called NHL now is POWDERPUFF Hockey Would some enterprising Reporter out their please interview Howe about the Ovechkin hit against the Chicago player.

FL Dave if you are under 18 you don't know what Hockey is all about.I by chance you are a season ticket holder you should turn in your ticket and go watch BADMITTEN.Its more your style you JACKASS

Posted by: duckyjimpond | March 15, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

cubssouvenirman: Hmm, your Hawks can't seem to hold a lead. Red Wings, Flyers, and now the Capitals. Maybe you guys should have tried to get our #3 goaltender playing in Hershey.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

TO FL DAVE WHO CALLS HIMSELF A HUGE CAPS FAN?????You call Ovechkin a dirty player?? Their is a difference between DIRITY and Rough and Tough. Ovechkin plays like Gordie Howe played. Gordie couldn't play in today's game. The So called NHL now is POWDERPUFF Hockey. Would some enterprising Reporter out their please interview Howe about the Ovechkin hit against the Chicago player.

FL Dave if you are under 18 you don't know what Hockey is all about.IF by chance you are a season ticket holder you should turn in your ticket and go watch BADMITTEN.Its more your style you JACKASS

Posted by: duckyjimpond | March 15, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Ovi will have to play more carefully since he has a big target on his back.

But some people think that if he toned down his game, he'd be Ilya Kovalchuk.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If anyone on this board is really computer saavy (maybe it is easy...just shows how bad with computers I am), it would be interesting to show the hit on OV into the boards by the Pens player (don't know his name, but it was the game during the snowstorm and winning streak) and the hit by OV during Sundays game on a split screen.
My recollection of that hit in the Pens game was FAR more vicious and intentional than what happened on Sunday. Send it to Colin Campbell...

Posted by: TimDz | March 15, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If anyone on this board is really computer saavy (maybe it is easy...just shows how bad with computers I am), it would be interesting to show the hit on OV into the boards by the Pens player (don't know his name, but it was the game during the snowstorm and winning streak) and the hit by OV during Sundays game on a split screen.
My recollection of that hit in the Pens game was FAR more vicious and intentional than what happened on Sunday. Send it to Colin Campbell...

Posted by: TimDz | March 15, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

If anyone on this board is really computer saavy (maybe it is easy...just shows how bad with computers I am), it would be interesting to show the hit on OV into the boards by the Pens player (don't know his name, but it was the game during the snowstorm and winning streak) and the hit by OV during Sundays game on a split screen.
My recollection of that hit in the Pens game was FAR more vicious and intentional than what happened on Sunday. Send it to Colin Campbell...

Posted by: TimDz | March 15, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

oops...guess I hit a wrong button...sorry about the multi-post

Posted by: TimDz | March 15, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

This suspension is a joke, just like the NHL's disciplinary policies. Please don't tell me how "legal" Cooke's head-hunting is where he skates on untouched. If Campbell doesn't toe pick he may have just fallen down or not at all. What ever happened to intent to cause physical harm? Ovie tries to push, Cooke tries to de-capitate. What B.S.this is!

Posted by: pacapsfan | March 15, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

As a repeat offender, Ovechkin deserves more than 2 games. Or let him serve it during the playoffs.

Posted by: micron26 | March 15, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Knuble's been sounding like me, in that Ovi needs to tone it down for his own self-preservation and so he'll be available to the team for more games.

We can't afford to have him out 6-10 games a year serving suspensions. And it will do nothing for his reputation.


Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

You are all wrong. I believe he is a wonderful and talented player. There is no doubt about that. Ovi can be all that AND a dirty player as well. I have been watching for 30 years and there have been plenty of players just like him. Howe was a dirty player and a great player too. Messier, Clarke, Ciccerelli, on and on. He simply joins a long list.

Posted by: skscottkeyes | March 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

It angers me so much saying, Ovechkin has a history of dirty cheat shots when everything he's been called for so far, Knee on Gleeson, Board on Kaleta, and this one on Campbell where all calls that could have gone either way. They've all been controversial calls where the refs just seem to want to find any reason to tarnish Ovie's reputation. In none of those incident did Ovie intentionally try to go hurt anyone, and if they want him to start playing like a pansy, then what will hockey become? Ovie doesn't go out there to kill people like some players do, yet he gets treated as if he's some worthless goon. If the league wants to stop all the contact that could result in an injury, perhaps they should have the players play in a padded room, without skates or sticks, and wrap them all in bubble wrap.

Posted by: jonsnoek | March 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

@TimDz

...It was Craig Adams pushing Ovechkin into the boards. No penalty was called. Knuble dropped the gloves and fought Adams who got only a 5 minute major. A worse play than yesterday.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 15, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

@robostop10: That is exactly my point. Campbell needs to have that point (being inconsistent with the calls) hammered home.

Posted by: TimDz | March 15, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Knuble's statement, and BB's previous statement about Ovi being "reckless", were intended to be helpful to Ovi and were not intended to suggest that Ovi is dirty. But the statements will continue to be used by the haters to justify classifying Ovi as the worst goon in the league.

Posted by: zmega | March 15, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ovi can figure out a way to avoid the suspendable hits. I don't think he's really dirty but he is a bull in the china shop.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess the NHL just decided yesterday's game was un-Fehr for the Hawks with the Caps coming Back-strom Laich that.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

First game back against Tampa, eh? I think it would be funny if Ovie arranged with Stamkos to take passes from him and then score a bunch of own-goals, just to deny Crosby the Richard. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: thecolonelblimp | March 15, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

This is what i wrote even before BB said alex gets treated the way he does by the NHL just cause hes alex.

You got to be kidding me! Pretty soon the league is gonna suspend ovi for scoring to many goals in a game.'welp ovi,you scored more than two,your out for three games'.Its getting to be ridiculous.Just cause hes a superstar,doesnt mean he shouldnt get the same treatment as others.I'm saying it seems that players that are less under the radar seem to get away with alot more.But cause its ovi,hes made to be an example out of.Soon ovi isnt gonna know what he can or cant do or just be too afraid to do anything.Well maybe not afraid cause no matter what ovi will be ovi but it may play into his mind more and eventually play into his game.I thinks its B.S and i just cant wait to see him back here in fl. to play the lightning,I'll be there in full support of ovi and heres to him scoring 4 goals and crushing players along the way!GO OVI,GO CAPS!!!

The league needs to step up and sort this mess out before they lose alot of fans.Its taken a long time for hockey to reconition and there just gonna throw all that away if they dont start making the right calls.Or atleast make all rules aply to everyone equally.

Posted by: gratefuldid | March 15, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, just saw Babcock comment on the Ovi hit he said "... it's stronger guy pushing another guy the accident, it's very unfortunate that it happened." Not sure how others feel but Babcock did not call it a dirty play, he called it an accident. Wayne Primeau also said he has seen many more dirtier plays but Ovi should be careful. It's kind of funny that the quotes I saw on TSN did not use any of the guys that did not use the term dirty.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I love Ovi but I say if he gets suspended two or more times next year, it will be time to take away the captaincy from him and give it to someone else.

I considered him the logical choice to be Captain when Clark left. And still consider him the logical choice.

But there is a minimum standard of behavior that team captains must adhere to and anyone who gets suspended multiple times a season on a regular basis does not meet that standard.

For tomorrow (and the next day), I would give Brooksie the A for alternate, along with the other guys who get the A, like Poti and Knuble. (We have to work on grooming someone.)


Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

The latest dumb decision made by campbell, shows just how biased he is against the caps' and especially ovie. The hit on campbell was not nearly as dangerous and career threating as the one delivered by Matt Cooke of the can't do no wrong penquins, if any player needed to be suspened it was Cooke, and I hope the bruins make him pay for what campbell didn't have the nerve to do his job.

He needs to be removed from his job, he is a pimple on the nhl's behind, that needs to be popped and removed.

Posted by: wwwgarnercrew215th | March 15, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I think a 2 game suspension is about right.It was a dirty hit.I'm glad to see Knuble not take the company line and speak his mind.

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 15, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Caps are on cruise control. Ovie must continue to play his brand of hockey. It is clear the NHL is looking at Ovie closer than most. Hopefully a Cup can make everyone feel better. This area needs a winner.

Posted by: BaysoxFan39 | March 15, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Yet another showing of how biased the NHL is against Ovechkin and the Caps. There have been a number of boardings far worse than that this season that weren't even given a penalty, let alone a suspension.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Also.... take his money. Neuter his game. Forbid him to play for his country in the Olympics in his own country. Take some more of his money (in escrow). Always make him out to be the bad guy. Don't stick up for him when he gets hit with a cheap shot.

Then, watch him march back to Russia and play in the KHL before he turns 30. Then, Mr's. Bettman and Campbell, cry in your cornflakes because the Ivan Drago Russian bad-guy character YOU created said "@%#$ this" and went home, taking half your public goodwill, revenue, and credibility with him. Slapshot 2 was a horrible movie, yet you are somehow making it reality.

Ted, if you want to protect your investment, stick up for Ovie. Why don't the Caps exercise their right to appeal the game misconduct within 48 hours of the call?

Posted by: thecolonelblimp | March 15, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say it but its a good suspension because its a wake up call for OV. Not that its easy to play an aggressive style, as he does, and still avoid crossing the line into dangerous territory, but its something he and others have to work on.

I'm sure Alex doesn't want to see anyone hurt. I love OV and his aggressive style but only if it is clean and that was a hit from behind. Campbell could have turned up paralyzed instead of merely with broken clavicle and ribs. Then OV would really feel terrible.

Don't want to see that happen to OV or anyone.

Posted by: congero | March 15, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

timmyv38: There have been worse boarding incident SINCE the Ovi push yesterday afternoon. Parise was railed by Seidenberg tonight, Semin was railed by Brouwer in the 3rd yesterday, and Stamkos railed by Orpik. None were even given a minor penalty. I really just hope that Ovi doesn't eventually get fed up and head back to Russia. If he loses his competitive edge because he too strong he may lose his passion for the game and just resort to making money. He would be a filthy rich man in the KHL too. Between this junk and the NHL not wanting to break for the 2014 Olympics in Russia, he may just call it day.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

ok no one has noted this, but don't jump down my throat. Can anyone see Ovie losing his patience with the NHL and this and other incidents making the KHL and Russia seem more attractive?

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | March 15, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

thecolonelblimp: Wow, I can't believe we were contructing the same thought on Ovi heading back to Russia at the same time. I certainly hope it doesn't happen it would be a huge loss for the league let alone the Caps.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Fanohock1:

Wow two great minds think alike 3 min. apart!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | March 15, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Hello All!

I've been reading some of the other blogs from other teams and they are too vast to cut and paste or link and, the overall consensus is that the hit was not dirty or malicious. It is just the way that Ovie plays and they would love to have some of their own players play with that kind of passion.

All feel badly for the injuries caused but it just happened that way and the suspension is Bull $#!+.

Also the Head Office ruling consistency or there lack of, seems to be the general issue as well.

Check them out and I think you will get the same impression.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 15, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

@kyle and Fanohock: we were thinking the same thing because it's what we would be thinking if we were in Ovie's shoes. Nobody likes to have their style cramped, especially unfairly.

I still would like to see an explanation from GMGM or Ted or Bruce as to why this has not been appealed yet. The rulebook clearly allows them to do so. Everyone says "we don't agree with it, blah blah blah" so WHY NOT APPEAL IT?

Posted by: thecolonelblimp | March 15, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

Well if Ovi heads back to Russia in disgust (and takes Semin with him), do you want to make the trip to Russia with me to watch their new team? Anyone else want to join?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

About the appeal or there lack of, I think the Caps brain trust just want this to be over and move on. I hope they think this is just a distraction and we can get back to the business of chasing The Cup. I really hope that is the case rather than not supporting Ovie, I really hope...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

The OV apologist needs to look deep in their hearts and consider how they would feel if a similar hit on Green took place. I can guarantee everyone would be calling for OV's head.

Posted by FLDave

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Dude, has your head been buried in the sand? A similar hit did occur on Green. Kuci hit Green into the boards back in December and no discipline was handed out. It is precisely things like that which has everybody screaming for Colon's head.

I don't believe in the conspiracy nonsense but I am curious about something. Does anybody know the last time Colon suspended a Penguin?

Posted by: croftonpost | March 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

croftonpost,
Props.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 15, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Just so everybody is clear, the NHL does not care about Ovechkin and would prefer to see him out of the game. HA! Nah I'm not into conspiracy theories but if COLON wants to look at himself in the mirror, then he might see the largest MORON on the planet. Just so I'm clear it's illegal when Ovechkin lays such a hit, but it's not when somebody does it too him on NBC. Oh wait he wasn't injured. COLON jump off a cliff and never come back. For those who do believe in conspiracy theories...enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkQKBGAQExQ#watch-main-area

Posted by: blanknerc | March 15, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow...quite the active board today :)

Bottom lines:
1. Ovi getting 2 games off not a bad thing
2. Caps are well on the way to top seed in the East
3. Not sure what you gain from finishing Campbell in that situation. Still a dumb penalty that puts your team shorthanded.

And finally, I think the comparisons to Howe and Messier are fair. However, another player comes to mind - Cam Neely. And his career was cut short due to the way he played the game. Only hope is OV doesn't go the same route.

Posted by: rnscaps | March 15, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jatchi8577 | March 15, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75 - I disagree about demoting Ovie from his Captaincy. Most non-biased fans feel the hit was a minor at best. Just because the league tilts their decisions against him does not mean he is guilty of flagrancy. He fills the role perfectly. It's not like he is taking head-shots. Let the guy skate I say.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

FLDave: LOL, Ovie apologists? I think you just like to play devil's advocate. If you've been watching the Caps this year, which clearly you haven't, you'd know that a hit DID happen to Green, and in my opinion it was worse than Ovechkin's hit. It's great that you're on top of things.

And yes, good post croftonpost. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Not to add more fuel to the conspiracy fire, but isn't this the same official who did not make a boarding call on Adams in the poopsburg game???

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | March 15, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

He's lucky it wasn't worse. Anyone who plays the game knows how reckless the hit was, it was textbook boarding in the worst day. Guys get paralyzed from hits like that. Ovi needs to clean up his act or maybe he should move to the KHL.

Posted by: SeattleOrca | March 15, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

In addition to the appeal, Ovie should get the players union to appeal, grieve, whatever it takes. They are likely one of the only entities that can take action against the league without also getting penalized - unlike the Caps organization.

Posted by: fixtheleagueorlosethefans | March 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic whining from OV's critics-- starting with all Blackhawks fans, chiming in on all Blackhawks' boards

OV hits hard, as hockey was intended.

to wit-- watch and enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3Gvfr9GUC0

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

SeattleOrca:

HA! And how can you say that other no calls in the NHL are not boarding? Please do me a favor and go take a dump in an Orca's Mouth.

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | March 15, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks guys. Should I quit my day job now? :)

Posted by: croftonpost | March 15, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Who has ideas on what we, the caps fans, can do to show our dissatisfaction? Beyond just posting on this board? We need to do something at the next home game to show the NHL we're not going to put up with their inconsistent treatment.

Posted by: fixtheleagueorlosethefans | March 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Brian Campbell is related to Colon Campbell. Explains alot...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

He's lucky it wasn't worse. Anyone who plays the game knows how reckless the hit was, it was textbook boarding in the worst day. Guys get paralyzed from hits like that. Ovi needs to clean up his act or maybe he should move to the KHL.

Posted by: SeattleOrca

So a hit like Cooke's is okay b/c he didn't get suspended? He very well could've killed Savard. You're acting like this hit was the worst ever and it never happens in the NHL. Dangerous stuff happens almost every night now. That's hockey. It's a violent sport.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

NO--Ovi IS and should REMAIN the Captain.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

And all those crying out for poor Brian Campbell-- please go to 1:47 of my youtube post and tell me that is not a clear shoulder to the head... and not even reviewed by the league at the time of course.

Oh that terrible Ovechkin for his push

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

SeattleOrca - I'm not going to get into it with you, but there are obviously two basic opinions going on here. You are welcome to yours, of course, but the problem is prefacing it with "... anyone who plays the game..." part. Many who are affiliated with the league have stated their opinion and in Ovie's favor. Also, to be fair, I hope you offer the same message to every player who has made a "questionable" hit and not just directed here at Ovie.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: gocaps01 | March 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

SeattleOrca, try watching the hit. Ovie stopped contact just barely past the goal line. You want to see textbook boarding, take a look at this video of the Koci hit on Green. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8hR5UQltaM

Ovie did NOT follow Campbell into the boards, he did NOT check Campbell, he barely even pushed him. Please go learn about hockey and then come debate this.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Brian Campbell is o relation. The Caps will face Colin Campbell's son tomorrow night.

This thread is unbelievably long--can't possibly read it all. WaPo will crash if they don't get a new piece out. LOL.

Just shows how much we Caps fans love and support our Captain Ovi.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 15, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse


Here's an off-topic questions for someone about yesterday's game. Why wasn't Colin Fraser's hi-sticking penalty at 5:29 of the third period washed out when Backstrom scored? Typically the penalty is not called if the opposing team scores before the penalized team gains posession of the puck. Why was this situation different?

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Did Anybody answer this question? The penalties were over at 7:29 Backstrom scored at 7:32. Laich scored at 5:29 Hendry was called for a double minor.His first penalty was the one that was washed out. His second and Fraser's penalty became a 5 on 3 till 7:29

Posted by: sporttraveler | March 15, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

The fine should not be related to a players pay. Ovechkin gets to pay $232000 and still misses two games. When Carcillo was suspended 4 games for punching Matt Bradley what did he lose $25?

Could you imagine if speeding fines were linked to our pay?

The NHL Players Assistance fund is flush with dollars because of OV...the other players should be praising OV for being such a good benefactor,

I am waiting for some player to get p.....off enough to take the league to court to get their money back.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 15, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Timmy: I wouldn't even bother trying to explain it to SeattleOrca... it's a waste of time.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

It's a traveshamockery!

Posted by: zmega | March 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Ovie did NOT follow Campbell into the boards, he did NOT check Campbell, he barely even pushed him. Please go learn about hockey and then come debate this.

Posted by: timmyv38

I do agree with you timmyv38. It's such a shame that people don't even try to watch and really see it before they start freaking out and calling Ovechkin "dirty" and all that stuff. They see that (and it did look pretty bad in real time) and without thinking they want to make judgements. But I really hope we can just move on from this. This only puts Ovie at a disadvantage for the goal lead, that's it. This isn't the worse thing ever. We have a good record without Ovie.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Who has ideas on what we, the caps fans, can do to show our dissatisfaction? Beyond just posting on this board? We need to do something at the next home game to show the NHL we're not going to put up with their inconsistent treatment.

Posted by: fixtheleagueorlosethefans | March 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse


---------------------------------

Short of "Colon Blows" t-shirts or signs I'm not sure what we could do. Possibly boo every time an official touches the puck?

Posted by: croftonpost | March 15, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

You people are delusional homers.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Hendry Penalties call at 3:51. 2@2
Laich scores 5:29.Washes out Hendry first penalty
Hendry second penalty begins 5:29
Fraser penalty begins 5:29
Both end at 7:29

Posted by: sporttraveler | March 15, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

This is really how the NHL decides a suspension. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=julnt19Pl8E

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 15, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Watch the play homers. Ov rode Campbell towards the boards then pushed him straight into the boards. At least be honest, homers

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Really doughnut?

If your so much smarter than us then explain the lack of suspensions to Kuci for his hit on Green or Adams for his hit on Ovechkin. Whether called during the game or not, they were both clearly boarding fouls from behind. I eagerly await your objective opinion Mr Doughnut.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 15, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Watch the play, doughless. Ovie stopped pushing Campbell just after the goal line. Campbell went into the boards because his skate caught on the ice. Ovie wasn't even near touching him when he hit the boards, and the only contact after the goal line was when Ovie tripped on Campbell.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup & CapsYoungGuns,

Yes, I know Ovi is our captain and is the logical choice for the job.

Here's to next year being a better year on the suspension front, as in no suspensions, so to render my "removal" suggestion moot. And, trust me, I want that one to be moot. And I want the "If two or more suspensions" premise to be a false one.

And here's to 16 playoff wins lead by a more rested Ovi. Granted, not the way we wanted him to get days off but none the less.....

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

You people are delusional homers.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse


trying to convince these people is pointless... unless you're talking about Wayne Gretzky, all great players in any sport have their share of detractors

no use getting worked up over what they say

Posted by: joek443 | March 15, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I love OV but that wasn't a 'tough' hit .. it was a little dirty and he deserved the suspension. He is a repeat offender and probably should have gotten more than 2 games.

Posted by: Rpal | March 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

@BernieWolfeFan

Well, Colin and Brian Campbell are descended from the same Scottish clan.

Music cue:

The Campbells are coming tra-la-la-la
The Campbells are coming tra-la-la-la
etc.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

funny how a dirty player has 2-3 contact-related infractions since the last suspension 40+ games ago. Yeah, real dirty. If he was Canadian, he was just playing hard to finish a check. If he was Crosby he would be praised for displaying a mean streak. It's not just the NHL with consistency problems...

Posted by: theCamMike | March 15, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

@Raber

I hope his mistakes don't come in the playoffs either.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Crosby's a D*#

Posted by: 50Eagle | March 15, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

He ought to be suspended until Campbell returns. Ridiculously lenient "punishment" from the NHL.

Posted by: chi-town | March 15, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

chi-town, shut up and go back to your Hawks blog. Multiple Hawks should have been kicked out of that game for the boardings they committed.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

NHL disciplinary system = Russian Roulette. Spin the wheel. Wheel of Fortune. Or should we say Wheel of Misfortune?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

chi-town--

look at this hit Campbell lays on Umberger, go to 1:47, and tell me that is not a clear shot to the head-- and not even looked at by the league at the time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3Gvfr9GUC0

its called hitting-- and in hockey, of all sports. poor crybaby Hawks fans, a disgrace to an original 6 fanbase. Mikita is sick of your whining

Posted by: capsfan7 | March 15, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

this has nothing to do with Canadians, Crosby or any other bizarre conspiracy theory some of the hockey bumpkins in washington want to make of it. OV is a great player and is a repeat offender that is dangerous to other players. He deserved the suspension. End of story.

Posted by: Rpal | March 15, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The only thing he did wrong was not go for Soupy's head. Otherwise, he should've tried to deliberately injure his leg. He wishes he had done that instead he's suspended for 2 games. What a joke.

Posted by: theCamMike | March 15, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

One less healthy scratch Bruce has to worry about these next two games.

Posted by: larryn703 | March 15, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 15, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Rpal, try watching hockey sometime. Ovie has gotten 3 game misconducts this year, all 3 undeserved. Gleason was more responsible for the knee-on-knee hit than Ovie was, Kaleta dove into the boards when Ovie nudged him, and the hit on Campbell was 90% bad luck. He is not dangerous to other players, nearly every "dirty" hit he has been involved in has been caused as much or more by the other player. He plays hard and clean, and the NHL is punishing him for daring to be better than any Canadian.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's a modest proposal for all Caps fans who are tired of a certain pair of players after Sunday's events.

After this season, GMGM should make a phone call to the NJ Devils and say "Let's Make a Deal". The Caps will give them Ovi and Semin. In return, the Caps will get Kovalchuk, Parise, and either a defenseman or a draft pick.


Sincerely Yours in Capdom,
Jonathan Swift

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

lol... good one, CapsFan.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75 seems right in most regards. We can't have a captain who is suspended 20 games each year because of some BS calls by the Canadian Ice Dancing league.

Unfortunately, Ovi is clearly being targeted by the NHL regardless of what he does. I have a feeling that if this continues (which is undoubtedly will), it's going to result in Ovechkin dumping his NHL contract and heading back to Russia.

He already hates the fact that escrow takes a huge chunk of his money. I think hes really fed up with the way the NHL treats him. And Knuble is right, he needs to focus less on hitting people at this point because of this NHL BS.

Posted by: SwampFox11 | March 15, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin gives it and he also takes it. Kudos to Sabres Pat Kaleta who laid out Ovie big time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wapN9o-ea9U

Posted by: pgr88 | March 15, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Also, any idiot who says "Ovi should be suspended until campbell returns" deserves to be kicked in the repeatedly with a ice skate. You are a moron and that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

Posted by: SwampFox11 | March 15, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

@SwampFox11

And I've been asking myself "why why why" has Ovi been getting so many major penalties this year, all of a sudden. Is it because he's more massive in size? Or have his hits really gotten worse? Or is he just being scrutinized more?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

love it... OV's a dangerous player. Yep, we all agree. Not only can he score or assist in a goal, he'll also hit you, hard. I'd be afraid if I were playing against that guy.

Posted by: theCamMike | March 15, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

5 seasons... 4 games suspended... how does that somehow equal "20 games each year"? I do agree that he is being unfairly targetted by the NHL, but it is nowhere near a point that he would go back to Russia. The KHL has much tighter rules on checking than the NHL, he'd have even more problems there. Ovechkin needs to keep playing the way he does, and not make unnecessary hits like the one on Briere a few years back or the Campbell hit - the only "dirty" hits he was at all at fault for.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Arrogant enough?

The difference between the best and worst teams in this league is marginal.

Any team can beat any other team on any given night.

Carolina has already beat us this season. I think they've taken 4 out of 8 points against us and have played us tight in every game other than the one where they crushed us.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 15, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

@timmyv38

I think the "20 games" mentioned by SwampFox11 in his post refers to the fact that Ovi's suspensions have happened this year (along with nearly all the major penalties) and the fact the tendency has been to earn worse penalties as time has passed. And an anticipation of worse to come.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

He has gotten a pair of two game suspensions - hardly "worse penalties". The NHL hasn't been harsher with him as time passes, they have been consistent in their unfairness.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Would not trade OV. Can't think of anyone or package of players I'd trade him for. That would be an intersting discussion.
Just consider what you're giving up. What he worth to the (or a) franchise? Where would the Caps be had he not been drafted? What if we would've taken Malkin instead? It's not just the stats he puts up, OV's passion on every shift, his determination, he sets the tone. He plays hurt. He constantly is the focus of the other team's best defenders yet it's amazing he can still put up the numbers he does. Also, I wouldn't want the Caps to play against him. He's dangerous!

Posted by: theCamMike | March 15, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

@timmyv38

Have to inject a little humor on the boards here. And make a reference to Jonathan Swift.

Seriously, I would be heart broken if either Semin or Ovechkin were traded.

But I do admire Zach Parise and would like him for the Caps.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 15, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan - I got the joke, and personally found it to be quite amusing. And I totally agree with you about Parise - he is extremely talented and has a lot of heart. One of the best players in the NHL in my opinion.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 15, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

@timmyv38

I figured you got it. (Not sure about our readers)

Parise sounds very similar to a girl from our community who was about 8 months older than my first born (and was 2 grades ahead of her since she had skipped a grade.) Incidentally, Parise had also skipped a grade in school and turns out to be two weeks younger than this particular girl.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 16, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

One less healthy scratch for the Caps. Only one forward has to sit out each night besides Quentin Laing.

So who sits out?

I assume that B Mo is back in and will center either the second or third line.

Will Fleischmann be on the first line? Or will it be Chimmer who spent a lot of time there yesterday? Just a day or two ago, most of us had relegated him to the 4th line, at least on days where B Mo, Belanger, and Fehr were all playing. Now he's moved up 3 lines.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 16, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Umm the Caps had Dale Hunter as their captain for many, many years so if he could be captain even with incidents like in the playoffs against the Islanders then there is no reason Ovechkin can't be the captain.

Also for those who didn't see already Direct TV and Comcast (VS) have come to an agreement so the playoffs will be seen on Direct TV.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 16, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

With Ovie out, here is what I hope the lines would be.

Semin-Backstrom-Knuble
Flash-BMo-Laich
Chimera-Belanger-Fehr
Bradley-Steckel-Walker

I would actually love to see Chimera-Belanger-Fehr as a permanent third line. Good defensive ability, two very fast forwards, quite a bit of size, a lot of grit, and scoring ability.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 16, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is lucky Campbell is not paralyzed. With such hits from behind -- its reckless and dirty. He deserves a long suspension. Enough crying about it.

Posted by: nofairweatherfan | March 16, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

To all you morons who keep saying "Ovechkin is lucky Campbell isn't paralyzed", how would he have been paralyzed? If he hadn't tripped, he MIGHT have gone into the boards shoulder-first. As it was, he didn't hit in a way that could have caused that kind of damage. Watch the SHOVE (it wasn't even a hit), and you'll see it was not reckless or dirty - it was bad luck.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 16, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Trade OV talks, again?!?! Every team in the league would love to have a "goon" and a "thug" that can score 50 - 60 goals a season and score over 100 points as well! Even with 2-3 suspensions a year! Thank goodness GMGM is not as easily influenced by blogs as the Wizard's current GM or the Redskin's former Executive Vice President of Operations!

Posted by: JohnWWW | March 16, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

John, you don't get it. No one actually said to trade Ovie. It was a joke.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 16, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is lucky Campbell is not paralyzed. With such hits from behind -- its reckless and dirty. He deserves a long suspension. Enough crying about it.

Posted by: nofairweatherfan | March 16, 2010 12:13 AM

The same can be said about Ovechkin when Adams knocked him from behind into the boards. That was directly from behind and from the worst possible distance from the boards and there was no penalty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkQKBGAQExQ&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 16, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Timmy- John does get it. It has been said on these boards to trade OV before. Just about everybody on this team should've been traded according to some people on this board. Pretty intelligent huh?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 16, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is lucky Campbell is not paralyzed. With such hits from behind -- its reckless and dirty. He deserves a long suspension. Enough crying about it.
Posted by: nofairweatherfan | March 16, 2010 12:13 AM |

You should die cause you are already brain dead by every definition clinically & classically.

Take my large club up towards your spine cause you got none pkane.
Yeah just like pkane, you thought that was a check just like you thought the cabbie would take a check.
Nut job.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 16, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Campbell will be ready in time for the 2nd or 3rd round of the playoffs. He'll have enough time to get back to game speed by the time we meet them in the Cup finals. There's a storyline for the NHL.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 16, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

pokerface - my thoughts are even earlier - by round 1 he will be back.
How can a NHL d-man FLY into the boards for 11 ft from the goaline into the boards while turning & get himself injured??

Ovie is Superman & apparently the game is figure skating for some of the mere mortals out there & the dimwits here.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 16, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

But, he's just an "on the edge player". Leftcoastcapfan has his head stuck pretty far up old Alex's not to understand "dirty" play. Go find another team to cheer for, maybe the Nationals.
Posted by: skscottkeyes | March 15, 2010 7:39 PM |

Over 70% disagree with you agosto & belbin fan.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 16, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

worth noting that it wasn't even a 2-minute penalty, let alone a 2-game suspension, when Penguins' craig adams did it to Ovechkin last month:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkQKBGAQExQ

of course ovie didn't suffer broken collarbone, and ovie was just arriving at puck, versus campbell having gotten rid of it. on the other hand, ovie was headed straight for the boards and was pushed straight from behind, in contrast to campbell, who was going behind the net.

Posted by: troyerlaw | March 16, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

The next thing will be a movement to ban contact at all ... The NHL will be just like watching Olympic Women's Hockey ...

Posted by: up4u | March 16, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the whining over the past 13 hours is unbelievable. It is an inconsistant call by Campbell but gives Ovi a much needed break in my opinion.....and they play Florida and Carolina! I think the boys will be just fine for a couple games without Ovi. And who cares if he wins the Rocket this year, the goal is the cup and I'm sure he will care less if he wins the Rocket but skates the cup in June. Keep things in perspective folks, a loy of you are making Caps fans look like a bunch of whiny B's!

Posted by: PhilR | March 16, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Agreed that the discipline in the NHL is completely inconsistent. Not one for consipiracy theories, but between the Cooke hit on Savard, and Adam's hit on OV, not to mention Cindy punching a grown man in the nuts, it would seem there is bias.

The bigger problem is that OV is making himself a target, this is his 5th or 6th incident, as a few have posted earlier. As we wind down to the last few games, it wouldn't come as a shock if another team tried to cheap shot him just in time for the playoffs.

Posted by: Fletch22 | March 16, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Agreed that the discipline in the NHL is completely inconsistent. Not one for consipiracy theories, but between the Cooke hit on Savard, and Adam's hit on OV, not to mention Cindy punching a grown man in the nuts, it would seem there is bias.

The bigger problem is that OV is making himself a target, this is his 5th or 6th incident, as a few have posted earlier. As we wind down to the last few games, it wouldn't come as a shock if another team tried to cheap shot him just in time for the playoffs.

Posted by: Fletch22 | March 16, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin hits are so powerful, they are automatically illegal.
Some prediction: OV will fight soon and surprisingly destroy his opponent. Probably Downee or Orpik. As he is no boxer he will just grab the foe and drop him on the ice, inflicting concussion or other injuries in the process.
Then there will be a lot of whinning and BS about dirty OV and OV will be suspended for a couple of games for his unbelievable dirtiness.
Sick!

Posted by: Michael01a | March 16, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Fletch22: Teams take cheapshots on Ovechkin on a regular basis. He deals with it by hitting them back rather than laying on the ice. I am not implying Campbell was faking, not at all, but Ovi has absorbed hits and popped right back up rather than laying on the ice to draw a penalty. Look, Richards had the headshot on Booth and he had a headshot on someone else back in January, I wish I could remember who it was, but it was right after he scored. Anyhow, Richards isn't considered a dirty player, I guess, because he hasn't been suspended even though his plays are intent to injure plays? That is rediculous.

All of these people trying to say that Cooke and Richards plays aren't penalties this season but they will with the new rule next season are completely wrong. An official always has the ability to call roughing or unsportsmanlike conduct. Headshots already fall into that category.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 16, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

This is kind of cool. Pothier was interviewed about this weekends incident here is what he had to say:

"He's not even close to being a dirty player," Pothier said Monday. "He's a physical player and finishes every check he can but is far from being a dirty player.

"Ovie is most effective when he's right on the edge of chaos, when he pushes the envelope. When he's hitting and aggressive and getting on the forecheck and skating, that's when he's great. He can overpower people.

"Sometimes, he's going so hard at the guys, it's hard to stop and pull up. Like I said, it's flirting with the edge. He's full-speed ahead. It's not a dirty hit, but it is borderline reckless."

Pothier said he had seen replays of Ovechkin's hit on Campbell. His take:

"Again, right on the edge. [Ovechkin] pushes him from the side. I think Campbell has to know he's going to be hit and knows he's coming.

"I personally think [Campbell] got his foot caught in a rut and fell awkwardly. I didn't think it was a dirty play or anything. It's unfortunate he got hurt, but I don't think it was all Ovechkin's fault."

Pothier is the first person outside of the Washington camp to even recognize that Campbell's skate hit a rut.

Here's the link:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/16/391653/hurricanes-wont-face-ovechkin.html

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 16, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I get frustrated trying to post to TSN. They often never publish submissions when I disagree with the norm.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 16, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is another Eric Lindros. If you play dirty and headhunt other players, eventually you will get pay back. Ovie better keep his head up or his career will end prematurely. What a shame that someone with so much talent has to resort to cheap shots. His own coach and teammates are now starting to express concern about his behavior. It gives the Washington Caps a bad name. Can you say Flyers?

Posted by: puckhead1 | March 16, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Ovi doesn't need to go back to Russia... he just need to come up to Boston. We'd love to have him play for us and the NHL already has a vendetta against our town.

Posted by: shermi74 | March 16, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

lost in all of this OV discussion is the collapse by the so called stanley cup blackhawks. it would have been great for TSN and other media to have that as the lead story and how the hawks choked twice over the weekend.

Posted by: samb99 | March 16, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why Steinberg was such an apologist for Campbell on his blog. Colin Campbell is either incompetent or unethical. You cannot look at the lack of consistency in his rulings this season and reasonably conclude differently.

It's been said several times on this comment section. Bettman and his entourage need to be replaced. If the NHL wants to compete with the other three major sports leagues, they need to get real (i.e., competent) executive leadership in the league office.

Posted by: BlueIguana | March 16, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't blame Ovie if he left to play in the KHL, this league is becoming quite the joke these days.

Soon it will be a flag (no touch) hockey league! And they think they don't have a large american fan base now, change the game and they will lose more viewers. Very disappointing.

Posted by: NatyBG | March 16, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

When Ovie comes back against the Pens he should just skate nice and slow circles around center ice. See if that's how the NHL wants him to play. Anytime a player gets hit now they should fall and act injured. Hello NHE. National Hockey Entertaiment

Posted by: cappies | March 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The push happened as well as the injury. The only thing that can happen now is for Campbell to start healing and Ovie to rest until Saturday. What's done is done.

The blatant lack of the league's disciplanary consistency as well as the obvious and extreme media-driven active tarnishing of a person's character is what's left that continues to really bug. Ovie burst into the league that first game vs Columbus, a powerful force of physicality and scoring prowess. Not much has changed except that he's gotten even better. His physical play on the ice is unique, stunning and amazing - and quite threatening in more ways than one to people.

You could feel more than hear the storm gathering in the distance early on when Ovie hit Briere - another unfortunate situation. There were rumblings then and they've increased in volume with every move, hit and thing that Ovie does, on and off the ice. The hate storm is roaring now and my fear is that Ovie will never be able to escape it, no matter what he does. I guess this was a while in coming but it was always coming nonetheless.

I remain a staunch and steadfast supporter of Ovie because I believe in the trueness of his character and in the skill-thrill style of play he brings to the game. He's no pretender. It's what I like about him and surely it's what others find as fuel for their jealousy and scorn. Ovie shouldn't change a thing.

Hopefully, folks simmer down a bit and we can get back to enjoying some great hockey well into June. The only thing I'm going differently is to start watching the games with the volume off that aren't called by our Joe B and Laugher. At least we can count of them for their objectivity. Plus, it's so much less stressful without all of the misguided and agenda-driven screeching - imagine that!

GO OVIE!! GO CAPS!!! :)

Posted by: nena1 | March 16, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

What about the Lucic hit last night vs. NJ? Seems like kind of the same thing - is he going to get suspended?

Posted by: phockey | March 16, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

@ skscottkeyes: You point out maybe 5 or 6 incidents in how many games Ovechkin has played? Seriously, keep it in perspective. You make it sound like Ovechkin hasn't taken hits of his own in however many seasons he's played. No offense, but you're a waste of space. Do us a favor and stop breathing.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 16, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and skscottkeyes, in case you didn't notice, the Blackhawks still lost that game without Ovi. Next time, NHL, how 'bout you just pay the Capitals to sit out Ovi, Backstrom, Green and Semin? Then, tie Knuble's stick to his right arm and tell him not to use his left arm during the entire game. Oh, and then have the rest of the Capitals wear their right skates on their left feet and vice versa, then maybe it'd be a fair game against us? Lame. Trust skscottkeyes to think that the same tactics he uses to get dates is the same tactic I use to support the Capitals. Yeah, 30 years is an awful long time to be bitter.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - in total agreement, get some rest, Ovie. But the money, man, that's gotta hurt, even at that salary!

Suspension seems fair enough to me - but inconsistency is amazing. Adams hit was with intent to injure; Koci's was borderline insane. (I won't complain too much about Kaleta - Ovie's lying in a bed he made in Buffalo, and now Chicago, also.)

Kudos to Knuble for jumping in for Ovie on the Adams hit. Still, those incidents prove that fighting doesn't prevent those incidents. (What does Koci care if the price he pays for knocking Green out is to beat up Erskine, also?)


Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

If Crosby does win the RR, then there should be an asterisk next to it like Roger Maris who played in 8 more games. Except that it will be about 12 more games for Sid.

Posted by: rjma1 | March 16, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

fanhock1:

I would agree with you. I just think the cheapshots will get much worse. Like someone will try to take him out, a la Cooke on Savard. I think it's bound to happen sooner rather than later.

I think you may be thinking of the Carter hit, which was very similar to Richard's hit on Booth. But you're right, it was immediately after someone scored.

Someone mentioned Lindros. That's a pretty good comparison, though OV hasn't had any concussion issues, and seems to skake with his head up, which Lindros rarely if ever did. They both play(ed) like bulls in a china shop, which as a fan I love. OV just needs to keep his head up. Watching the Adam's hit on OV, that was just brutal. Worth 3 games at least.

Pens vs Bruins on NHLN on thursday night, we'll see how big Matt Cooke is then. No doubt he hides behind the instigator rule, the refs, and any teammates willing to stick up for him. At least Richards had the stones to fight his own battle with Booth.

Get rid of the instigator, these hits go away. The Cooke's and the Kaleta's of the world don't want to fight their own battles.

Posted by: Fletch22 | March 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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