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Awaiting a decision on Alex Ovechkin

The Caps just wrapped up a very optional practice at the Florida Panthers' practice facility in Coral Springs, where about a dozen players participated in on-ice drills. The most notable absence was Alex Ovechkin, who only played 4:50 in Chicago yesterday after being ejected from the game for boarding Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell.

Ovechkin, it turns out, was back at the team hotel for a scheduled noon hearing with the NHL about the incident. Disciplinary calls usually last about 15 minutes and feature the player in question, the team's general manager, a players' association representative and, of course, Colin Campbell, the league's dean of discipline.

No word on the outcome of the call. But I'll have an update as soon as I hear something.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 15, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
 
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cstanton1: A LOT of Stevens famous hits, especially the BIG ONE on Kariya that knocked him out are now deemed interference calls. Make no mistake about it when Stevens was on the ice players had to keep their head up whether they had the puck or not. Under the new rules Stevens would have had to change his game.

Also, why change the rule have 100 years of hockey...the equipment. What Lou Lamoriello was intervewed on NHL Home Ice back in November he was asked about the head contact penalties. His response was something I had never thought of...first do you remember what shoulder pads looked like even 10 years ago? I remember seeing Shanahan in the box after a fight and laughing at the little shoulder pads. Lou said, players have always lead with their shoulders because that is the proper way to deliver hit, the difference is because of the changes in the game the pads have changed and the shoulder pads are almost like armor. So now they guys are getting hit with "clean" hits with equipment that is meant to absorb the force of a puck without being felt. Anyhow, the rules should change because the equipment has changed.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Boarding is a BS call in the first place. There's already penalties for cross-checking and hitting from behind, so why do we need a ridiculously subjective one for hitting someone into the boards, which happens dozens of times per game?

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

GIVE OV 10 Games!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 15, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

is brian campbell the son of colin campbell, or am i getting my campbell's confused?

Posted by: hockeygood1 | March 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Someone please photoshop the video and have a freeze frame just as the toe pick occurs with the stereotypical Law and Order computer guy "Enhance. Enhance." scene, zooming in and applying a filter. Bit by bit Colin Campbell suddenly comes into view, he's down on all fours pulling the skate out from under Brian Campbell's leg and clearly visible are his glowing eyes and Goa'uld cloaking device on his wrist (Stargate reference).

Clearly evidence of alien bias against Washington.

Posted by: dimagus | March 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

StanleyCup1907
If you're serious, you're an idiot. If not, you got me.

Posted by: BlueIguana | March 15, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@hockeygood1- a lot of Campbells to keep straight.
Brian Campbell for Chicago does not have any relation (that I know of) to Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell's son Greg plays for Florida

Posted by: Grape8 | March 15, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@BlueIguana

Nah, StanleyCup1907 is just a filthy troll who comes out from under his rock every so often to get a rise out of people who bite.

Pay no attention to him and he'll go away.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 15, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@BlueIguana, he's a troll who only shows up when something negative happens to the Caps. Since we're on top of the league with 101 points, it has to do with the game misconduct.

It's a pretty sure bet that trolls will show up at times like this. Let the Caps fall a game down in a playoff series and we'll see it again.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 15, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Hurry up and make the announcement so I can get back to work!!! :)

Posted by: curlyqcapsfan | March 15, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I anticipate a suspension.

What bothers me is not the call on the ice, but rather the fact that the NHL has suddenly decided to focus on boarding. This is part of the problem to which Milbury alluded yesterday.

The league's focus seems to arbitrarily change mid-season. Would this same situation earn a suspension in, say, January? Doubtful.

If I'm Campbell, the worst punishment I would levy is a one-game suspension, but I believe I'd probably just fine an undisclosed amount.

Again, I am expecting a suspension, though. And based on the comments by Dreger and McKenzie, I'm expecting a multiple-game suspension.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 15, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

SC1907: Lend send credibility to your name. Can you name a current high profile NHL player that hails from Kenora?

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

GIVE OV 10 Games!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 15, 2010 1:30 PM |

Finally! We've been waiting for you.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

mikey richards

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I still want to know how Semin tuns a clear breakaway into a 2 minute penalty....

Only Alex...Only Alex...

Posted by: SA-Town | March 15, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

While it pains me to be in agreement with Mike Milbury, he is right in that players (nor fans for that matter) do not know what constitutes a penalty let alone a suspendable one. The NHL operations crew has so screwed up the supplementary disciplinary process that anything they do appears to be arbitrary.

On TSN.com, commentator Ray Ferraro, who favors suspending Ovechkin, asks Caps’ fans what would we be saying if Jonathan Toews had run Mike Green into the boards. Well, while it didn’t happen with the Blackhawks, such a thing did happen when the Wilds’ Koci ran Green into the boards, bloodying him and knocking Green out of the game. Koci was fined, but not suspended, as the suggestion was made that Green should have known someone like Koci was on the ice and Green put himself in a vulnerable position. Should not the same question apply – should Campbell have known a hard-hitter like Ovechkin was on the ice before he put himself in a vulnerable position?

Colin Campbell has put himself in a bad position because he excused the Flyers’ Mike Richards hit on the Panthers’ David Booth, which set a precedent he had to follow when he failed to suspend the Penguins’ Matt Cooke for knocking out the Bruins’ Mark Savard with a vicious head shot. However, the uproar over the Coke non-call was so loud that I fear Ovy may have to pay the price with a 3-5 game suspension. It may make a few people in Chicago feel smug, but it won’t do anything to alleviate the utter chaos that now surrounds the NHL disciplinary process.

Posted by: braunt | March 15, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

silver lining is the Caps play a few games without Ovy and establish the work ethic they need for 60 mins so we're better prepared as a team heading into the playoffs.

and maybe seeing Scott Walker in the lineup more often will convince Bruce to replace Gordo.

The only negative that could come out of a suspension is if Ovy becomes tentative on the ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Did anyone else notice that the Blackhawks lost? Sour grapes, I say. =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 15, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, while it didn’t happen with the Blackhawks, such a thing did happen when the Wilds’ Koci ran Green into the boards, bloodying him and knocking Green out of the game. Koci was fined, but not suspended, as the suggestion was made that Green should have known someone like Koci was on the ice and Green put himself in a vulnerable position. Should not the same question apply – should Campbell have known a hard-hitter like Ovechkin was on the ice before he put himself in a vulnerable position?

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it was the Avs' Koci

Frankly I didn't have a huge problem with that hit. He hit him in the back of the shoulder as Green was passing the puck and the impact caused Green's face to get smushed into the boards. Just a case of a big guy hitting a smaller guy very hard. I don't have a prob with that hit.

I had a much bigger problem with Colton Orr's hit on Green. That was much more dangerous and clearly illegal.

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

Frankly, it boggles my mind that McPhee doesn't take any responsibility as a GM in protecting his players more by providing them some tougher teammates. Its always open season on players like Semin and Green. If they played in a tougher lineup you'd see a decrease in the abuse they would take.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

LeBrun just said a hearing wasn't even held for Downie after for his take-down of Crosby, which is shocking (considering it's Crosby and considering it was obviously not part of normal play). The NHL's lack of consistency is unbelievable.

Posted by: MartinLocraft | March 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how they balance the non-suspension for Matt Cooke and any proposed suspension for Ovechkin.

I think its the leagues worst kept secret that the Brass loves Cindy and the Pens, but will they be so BOLD as to put it in a press release?

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 15, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that Campbell is not involved in this as his son's team would benefit from any suspension. Aren't there any conflict of interest rules that cover such a scenario?

BTW what was the actually penalty called. Can't be boarding if his body never squished the other player against the boards. Pushing on the side? Is that a penalty?

Posted by: rjma1 | March 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I know it's a scary day when I find myself agreeing with Mike Milbury but . . .

Posted by: holliden | March 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

braunt: Brouwer ran Semin from behind in the 3rd and he went into the boards in the same manner Campbell did. If not for the call on Ovi, I wouldn't even bring it up. So, it may not have been Green getting run, it was Semin. Ray is a punk and does not care for Ovechkin.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously...what is taking them so long?

Posted by: capscoach | March 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a matter of consistency but a matter of biased officiating and applying discipline. If it's a Pen's player, there is no discipline, but if it involves a Caps player, it's not a matter of if, but how many games. I hate this league.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

puzzling why Cooke didn't get suspended though. He just got bounced for 2 games for the hit on Ansimov a few weeks ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXixraReToU&feature=player_embedded

And he's not a star player. So why would the league office take a bullet for Cooke?

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know - is no news usually good news or bad news in these cases?

Posted by: ruskyfan1 | March 15, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

this is pretty funny, Don Cherry's rant on Matt Cooke. Highlight reel of Matt Cooke's cheapshots over his career and how Cherry had a face to face run-in with Cooke once off camera

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nig2naN8NTs&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that Campbell is not involved in this as his son's team would benefit from any suspension. Aren't there any conflict of interest rules that cover such a scenario?

BTW what was the actually penalty called. Can't be boarding if his body never squished the other player against the boards. Pushing on the side? Is that a penalty?

Posted by: rjma1 | March 15, 2010 2:18 PM
Wrong Campbell.

Anyways, how are the Hawks benefiting from Ovi being suspended for a few games?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I think no news is bad news--GMGM is probably fighting whatever suspension they gave him.

Posted by: dfe1 | March 15, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Different Campbell. Colin's son plays for the Panthers. He's not related to the Blackhawk's Campbell.

Posted by: zimbar | March 15, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I think he meant that Campbell's actual son plays for the Panthers.

Posted by: saintex | March 15, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

the reason Ray Ferraro hates the Caps so much is he still remembers being on the Islanders team that felt it got screwed when Dale put that late hit on Pierre Turgeon. Ferraro was the #1 most vocal supporter of Dale getting suspended. He lobbied hard for that suspension. I'm guessing he felt it was his last chance at a Cup and Hunter and the Caps screwed him over by injuring PTurgeon.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Turgeon return to action in the next series, far ahead of schedule? And didn't the Islanders win that series as well? If Ferraro is still holding that grudge, it's pretty weak.

Posted by: zimbar | March 15, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think no news is bad news--GMGM is probably fighting whatever suspension they gave him.

Posted by: dfe1 | March 15, 2010 2:31 PM |

If a GM tried to "fight" against a suspension, they wouldn't be a GM anymore.


At this point, a couple of days off would be great for Ovi.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Campbell: Please suspend AO. He needs the rest. It'll fire up the team. BB wants to rest him, but knows AO would say no. Thanks!

Posted by: DKSW | March 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

As a matter of fact, Turgeon returned the same series if not game 1 of the next series after they played the Caps.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone posted this yet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkQKBGAQExQ#t=0m55s

Not surprisingly, no penalty was called on the play.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | March 15, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody else noticed who our next opponent is?

And who our next opponent was the last time Ovechkin was up for a possible suspension and got suspended?

Any parallels there?

Colin Campbell should NEVER be making these decisions so long as his son plays in the NHL.

Posted by: irockthered | March 15, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I’m not sure if it was on Versus or CBC, but I remember a few months ago seeing a good report on the surge of injuries resulting from hard boarding hits. The commentator linked the reason for the uptick on the post-lockout rule changes, specifically increased attention to interference calls. In the past, a defense partner could block a checking forward who was going after the other defenseman retrieving the puck after an offensive dump-in. It provided protection to the vulnerable d-man from being run hard-checked or even run into the boards and hurt. However, doing so now constitutes an interference penalty, so the offensive player has a straight shot at the defenseman and there have been a lot of injuries as a result. If I recall correctly, the NHL started cracking down hard on boarding calls after that report. Funny how they can make that change midseason, but they can’t address head shots in the same manner.

Posted by: braunt | March 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Someone might have already mentioned this, but if Chicago had won the game, would this even be an issue?

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Turgeon return to action in the next series, far ahead of schedule? And didn't the Islanders win that series as well? If Ferraro is still holding that grudge, it's pretty weak.

Posted by: zimbar | March 15, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Turgeon missed the next series v Pitt and then came back to play in the Conf finals v Montreal. But yeah, Ferraro has always been a bit of a punk. He's not squeaky clean himself but acts like he is.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

As a matter of fact, Turgeon returned the same series if not game 1 of the next series after they played the Caps.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

he couldn't have returned in the same series since he got hurt in the deciding game (game 6).

I think he sat out the entire next series and only came back in round 3 where Montreal blew away the Isles.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this hit is suspendable, but I still think Campbell will suspend him.

I DO think Ovechkin does need to clean up his game a little. He can hit, but he needs to watch it. A lot of his hits are becoming more and more questionable.

Posted by: GoCaps08 | March 15, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think he meant that Campbell's actual son plays for the Panthers.

Posted by: saintex | March 15, 2010 2:33 PM |

Yeah, I picked that up afterwards.

I'm sure Campbell doesn't really care about a Panther regular season game...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1: thanks for correcting me on which team Koci player for; somehow I thought he played for MN.

The problem with arguing whether any player’s hit is more illegal than another is that the NHL standards are so nebulous that it’s hard to make any comparisons at all. I think that’s where the controversy lies – in the complete inconsistency. I’ve seen Colin Campbell on various hockey programs try to explain himself, but it still doesn’t make sense to me or a lot of other folks. Frankly, I could understand Ovy being suspended as long as it was based on some sort of logical precedent that certainly does not exist now.

Posted by: braunt | March 15, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Kinda of off topic, but the talk of Ferraro grudge reminds me how surprised I was to see Barnaby talk nice about the Caps on the NHL Network this year -- I mean, he HATED us when he played us; what with all the Barna-baby chants, etc. Good times...

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | March 15, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

here it is - PTurgeon missed the entire next series except for returning in Game 7 v Pittsburgh. He then played in 4 of the 5 games vs the Habs in round 3 but was ineffective

So if Ferraro does hold a grudge, thats probably why

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

the simplest thing the league can do (zmega pointed this out i think) is to give a public explanation as to why certain hits are suspendable while others are not. That eliminates any rumors and gossip about conspiracies at work.

So if Ovechkin gets suspended and Cooke does not, the league needs to comment on this since everyone's talking about it. Transparency is the key here.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

on a last note, why isn't this worthy of a suspension? Of all the fouls Brad May has committed in his career this could be the worst.

http://theruels.net/images/BradMayHockey.jpg

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree. Transparency would help enormously. Otherwise, they are just perpetuating the belief that it is all based on personal preferences and random whim. An articulation of the standards between a suspendable and non-suspendable offense would be a good start!

Posted by: curlyqcapsfan | March 15, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

why does everyone hate Gordo? He's a defensive monster and has some scoring touch. Did you notice that we got better when he came back from injury?

Posted by: jmurray019 | March 15, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - Campbell suspended Ovechkin last time when the Caps were slated to play the Panthers the next night. What makes you think he'd not do it this time, if indeed a suspension is handed down?

Campbell doesn't care about conflicts of interest.

Posted by: irockthered | March 15, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

on a last note, why isn't this worthy of a suspension? Of all the fouls Brad May has committed in his career this could be the worst.

http://theruels.net/images/BradMayHockey.jpg

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 3:00 PM


LMAO, that is a great find!!

Posted by: PhilR | March 15, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I like Gordo. Steckel, Gordon, Bradley, and Backstrom are our best four PK forwards and I'm a huge fan of the regular 4th line of 15-39-10. I think that 10-39 are must haves on that line through the playoffs with maybe 15/25 swapping out or 25 moving up to line 3 when needed.

Posted by: saintex | March 15, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Campbell suspended Ovechkin last time when the Caps were slated to play the Panthers the next night. What makes you think he'd not do it this time, if indeed a suspension is handed down?

Campbell doesn't care about conflicts of interest.

Posted by: irockthered | March 15, 2010 3:04 PM |

All I am saying is that, why do you really think Campbell gives a hoot either way if his son has a better chance at winning a regular season game?

If Campbell intends to suspend him, he will. I am sure the deciding factor isn't going to be, "oh man, but if we suspend him, my son gets to not have to play against him! Genuis!"

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

1) STUPID play by OV. I think his take on it is just silly. Same for Bouds; he would go ballistic if someone did the same to OV.

2) Sign Backstrom IMMEDIATELY to the substantial contract which he DESERVES.

3) DO NOT sign Semin to a substantial long-term contract which he DOES NOT deserve. Same for Flash. When the chips are down and someone needs to step up, these guys rarely if ever do.

4) Deal Semin and or Flash and get a 1st/2nd line foward that will actually step up their play when the team really needs it.

5) Caps need another 1st/2nd line forward.

6) Great comeback yesterday by a mixture of top guys and role players. Backie, Stecks, Chimera, JT60, Knoobs... these guys worked their butts off.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

FYI, Brian Campbell is one of the players on the league competition committee that will be voting on the rule tweaks the GM's came up with last week re: head shots and blind-side hits. Whenever they decide to put it before the committee and player's association. No relation to Colin Campbell.

Posted by: LouLewis | March 15, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

That hustle by 39 to chase down the puck, beat the icing, hold, and deal to Fehr for the tying goal was epic. It gets forgotten behind 19's fantasic winner and the OviRun but it was the play of the game to me.

Posted by: saintex | March 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha look who finally decided to come out?? StanleyCup1907! LOL! Little immature kid with his immature childish comments.

The previous post asked if injury should factor into suspensions, I didn't read any of it but if Ovie gets suspended, then I WILL be irate. Like cstanton1 pointed out, Cooke didn't get suspended, why should Ovie? He practically killed Marc Savard and took him out for the year.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

why does everyone hate Gordo? He's a defensive monster and has some scoring touch. Did you notice that we got better when he came back from injury?

Posted by: jmurray019 | March 15, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

not everyone hates Gordo. Some folks hate him, some folks don't care either way, and some folks like him. Why I dislike him is I think he is overrated in what he does. And we could get someone who does what he does, better. I think the Caps like him because he fits in with their org - he's cheap, he's young, he skates well, he doesn't take penalties, he's decent on faceoffs.

Defensively he's not close to being a monster. I wouldn't rate him in the top 100 defensive forwards in the NHL. To me a good defensive forward's primary asset should be to separate a player from the puck (either on the offensive end on the forecheck or on the defensive end to help support your defensemen). Gordo can't do that. What he has going for him is speed, awareness, smarts, and some faceoff ability. But he doesn't use those 1st 3 qualities to get that puck away from the other team enough.

If you boil it down, he's one of our most ineffective players at being able to take the puck away from another player unless he does it with a poke check. Also, he has no reach so he's virtually useless defending the point on the PP. He wags his little stick around to no avail. He doesn't come close to disrupting any type of PP or offensive flow. And while he is quick to get in on the forecheck, he's useless once he gets there because he gets bounced right off the puck.

I'd rather have a stronger framed player play Gordo's position. Especially when he ends up on the wing where he's even more useless than when he's at center. He'd have a hard time cracking most teams' rosters unless they're looking for a salary cap move and they're willing to accept some of his deficiencies. He's got twice the speed and skill of guys like Steckel and Brads but yet they're the ones always cycling pucks, stealing them off the forecheck, creating scoring opportunities etc, not to mention the work they do on the PK

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@doughless

Yesterday's game aside, I think Semin, along with Laich, have been the two best forwards since the Olympic break.

Geesh, one bad game from him and the haters are throwing out the "when the chips are down" line. Save that for the playoffs, where he's a point per game guy for his career.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 15, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

on a last note, why isn't this worthy of a suspension? Of all the fouls Brad May has committed in his career this could be the worst.

http://theruels.net/images/BradMayHockey.jpg

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 3:00 PM


Gold.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 15, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the great length of time before an announcement means that they want to suspend Ovie but the Caps have appealed the proposed punishment.

I have no inside information on this but it would seem to make sense.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 15, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Cambell (sic.) fell cause he was stopping to not hit the boards . OV hit him from behind forcing Campbell skates to dig and go head first into the boards ...OMG have any of u ppl (sic.) EVER skated ...... KICK THE BUM OUT!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 15, 2010 1:19 PM


OMG r u 12?

FYI, I have skated....for many years. And I can tell you that even in a "non-checking" league, random $*** happens sometimes. And sometimes that random stuff looks dirtier than it is...of course, sometimes it can also be dirtier than it looks.

In that respect, I think the NHL is no different.

Bottom line is that it was a push, not a "hit". It sucks that Campbell got hurt. But as one of my fellow posters astutely pointed out: This is hockey. What do you expect?

BTW, aren't you the one who kept saying that without "more toughness" the Caps would "never win the Cup..."???

How do ya like us now? Still think we're not tough enough?

I didn't think so.

Go back to Pensblog...troll.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 15, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ovie better not be suspended, not because what he did was okay but because NO ONE else is getting suspended when their hits were just as bad or even worse. I think Ovie's hit was bad, unnecessary and does warrant a suspension, but I thought Mike Richards', Matt Cooke's, and David Koci's hits all warranted a suspension and there was none. Plus Cooke and Koci are repeat offenders. I just cannot see how they could suspend Ovechkin when they didn't suspend Cooke. I'm anxiously waiting for an announcement. I hope they make the right one. And I don't care if Campbell makes a decision on this because we'll beat the Panthers without Ovie anyway.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

1) STUPID play by OV. I think his take on it is just silly. Same for Bouds; he would go ballistic if someone did the same to OV.

2) Sign Backstrom IMMEDIATELY to the substantial contract which he DESERVES.

3) DO NOT sign Semin to a substantial long-term contract which he DOES NOT deserve. Same for Flash. When the chips are down and someone needs to step up, these guys rarely if ever do.

4) Deal Semin and or Flash and get a 1st/2nd line foward that will actually step up their play when the team really needs it.

5) Caps need another 1st/2nd line forward.

6) Great comeback yesterday by a mixture of top guys and role players. Backie, Stecks, Chimera, JT60, Knoobs... these guys worked their butts off.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

agree w/everything except #1.

Flash was hopelessly ineffective again. He just fades away in tough games. Semin I thought deserved more credit, he played hard and mixed it up. Took some hits to keep the play alive too.

But yeah, I have a hard time watching Flash. Ton of skill, but doesn't come close to maximizing it because he's either lazy or soft or both.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is a dirty cheap shot artist that gets away with murder(maybe someday if they don't do anything about it). If someone did the samething to him all you "homers" would be screaming your heads off for justice. And I can't believe the un-educated hockey fans that think Brian Campbell is related to Colin Campbell....it's called the internet! Ovechkin should be suspended without pay for as long as Brian Campbell is out plus 5 games. Hey Ovi..if you get your hand slapped by the league I would be looking over your shoulder, if the punishment is set low, then it would be to the advantage of the other team you are in the play-offs with to take you out.

Posted by: boe39 | March 15, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Semin best since the Olympics? how do you define best?? I would say Backie and Belanger have both been better. The guy is a thumbsucker.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

That hustle by 39 to chase down the puck, beat the icing, hold, and deal to Fehr for the tying goal was epic. It gets forgotten behind 19's fantasic winner and the OviRun but it was the play of the game to me.

Posted by: saintex | March 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

thats what makes Bradley and Steckel invaluable. And why frankly I think they're head and shoulders above Gordon.

And now that we have Belanger, we don't even need Gordo on the PK units. He's completely expendable and should be replaced by Laing who bring a lot more energy and shotblocking to the table. Boudreau was ranting about how the Rangers PK units block more shots than anyone else, yet he benches our best shotblocker. no make sense

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

There an interesting video over at McKenzie's blog that has some interviews with Habs players about Ovi's hit (granted, Gomez hadn't seen it yet). The most interesting part of it is that players and teams not directly involved aren't nearly as irate as us Caps' fans and 'Hawks fans (or anyone with a rooting interest). What one of them says is a perfect defintion of AO8's style of play: reckless. And he seems to mean reckless abandon with a sense of hockey player pride. And it's true - that's exactly how he plays and he'll do some stuff wrong by playing that way. That is a wholly different thing than dirty or cheap and all the players in the NHL know it.

Keep playing the same way, be careful, be cool.

Posted by: saintex | March 15, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

boe39: What do you think about Matt Cooke almost killing Marc Savard? I hope you answer this seriously. I'd like to know your point of view on that situation.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 15, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

There have been some posters who’ve stated that Colin Campbell should be more transparent with his disciplinary decisions, coming out and clearly stating why one incident warranted a suspension and another not. Well, he has done just that with many of the more controversial incidents, including the Richards-Booth head shot. He has gone on several hockey shows (radio and TV) and sat down for print interviews and explained his rationale; however, his explanations still have not assuaged the controversy because they haven’t made sense, and, in my opinion, ring hollow. It seems the more transparent the NHL tries to be, the more muddled the situation becomes.

Posted by: braunt | March 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey look everyone. We can welcome a new a$$clown to the boards (boe39)

One problem with your logic. Ovi, IF he were to get hit, wouldn't fall like Campbell did. Ovi can take a hit and he sure can dish them out.

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

remember, OV is about 30 plus pounds heavier than Campbell. STUPID play by OV.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

btw, i hate to say this, but Belanger can play better too. He's been playing a bit soft lately. He had 3 or 4 golden chances to finish a check and jar a puck loose and he just skated away from it. In the playoffs you need as many of your forwards crashing around

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

seriously Caps fans, if OV would have suffered a similar fate (injury wise), this town would be out for the head of the offending party. if you deny that, you aren't being honest.

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

on the positive side, the Caps PK is starting to look a little more aggressive. Maybe Bouds heard both Corvo and Belanger comments on "passive" PK

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I’ve read some blog posters saying that Ovy had better watch out, he’s going to have to answer some day for his dirty play. Well, what’s taking so long! If Ovy’s such the dirty player, with a long record of running around after other players, then why hasn’t another player called him to the carpet? Remember, this is the guy who has won multiple Pearson awards – the most valuable player as voted by the players. While some may not like the outcome of his play, most players respect Ovy’s hard-charging style of play and have rewarded him for it.

Posted by: braunt | March 15, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: doughless | March 15, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

yawn...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 15, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

My son was in a semi-pro inline game when he went into the boards like that with help and broke his collarbone -- not as much speed as ice, not that hard of a push from the other player, but it was just the way he hit. Things happen. Ovie pushed Campbell, but we've seen that play a million times in different games without the same result. BTW, I don't belive they suspended the player involved in my son's case

Posted by: capsfan4toolong | March 15, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

In regards to Cooke, he got a slap on the hand by the league. My policy would be the offending player should be suspended as long as offended player is out with the injury plus 5 games without pay. As far as the hit on Crosby by Downey, he should be out of the league for what amounts to a wrestling move that had nothing to do with anything but to injure the player. I don't care who the player is or who he plays for they should be punished severly, and quickly. Plyers should not have to worry about career ending cheap shots. The game is rough enough played legally without having worry about idiots. I played for over 30 years, and had 3 broken noses, and a fractured cheekbone. All the injuries were cheapshots, by idiots. At the end of the day these are guys(pros) that have families(wife & kids) that rely on them. they don't need a jackass crippling them for life. Just as a recreational player has a family, and their job to go to after a game.

Posted by: boe39 | March 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Boe- that's ridiculous. A 40 year old could be playing with bad knees. If an 18 year old was involved with an incident that was the last straw for his knees, you'd end the career of the 18 year old too?

Posted by: rjma1 | March 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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