Morning roundup: NHL hits back
The morning roundup is officially, entirely back from vacation. Rejoice!
Alex Ovechkin was suspended two games for a controversial hit -- a knee-on-knee collision with Tim Gleason -- that has him nursing a right knee injury and Coach Bruce Boudreau contemplating a sit-down with his star about some "pretty reckless" play.
Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute major penalty and was ejected in the first period for kneeing Gleason. Though both players went down hard, Gleason emerged without an injury. Ovechkin, though, had to be helped to the visitors' dressing room.
"I don't mean to go knee-to-knee on him," Ovechkin said before the suspension was announced. "I just go straight to take a body hit, but he turned so quick."
The fact that Ovechkin was permitted to lace up skates at all Tuesday backs up the winger's assertion that the injury is not serious, which is encouraging news for the injury-riddled Capitals.
"It's a lot better than I thought it would be," Boudreau said.
Also in today's Post, Boz thinks Ovechkin needs to slow down and realize he's a mere mortal like the rest of us (just better at hockey):
So, Ovechkin's knee will get better, just like the shoulder injury that sidelined him six games earlier this season. Are these just warning shots from Mother Nature? What's clear is, at 24, Ovie is no longer indestructible, even if he thinks he is. The time has come for him to evaluate how he will play the rest of his career.
We know his view. After being ejected just three games ago when he ran Patrick Kaleta face-first into the glass, Ovechkin said of his all-aggression, all-the-time style: "I can't do nothing about it. I just play my game. It's not going to change. It's me."
Some other odds and ends:
*Ovechkin's wallet takes a $99,000 hit -- big deal. And hey, it goes to charity. (The Washington Times)
*Why is everyone calling Ovechkin "reckless?" Conspiracy by IMG to market their new client! Also, Neil Armstrong never walked on the moon! And the earth is flat! (On Frozen Blog)
*Hockey Mom of the Century Tatyana Ovechkina says that young Gleason hooligan "should wear glasses when he's out on the ice!" Yikes. (Japers' Rink)
*Ovie being Ovie is a good thing, even if it means he'll continue to be -- dare I say it -- reckless. (Toronto Sun)
*The league shows it's willing to punish superstars. (Puck Daddy)
*Ovechkin is lucky for two reasons: He's only suspended two games, and he's only got a sore knee. (ESPN's Scott Burnside)
*Does Ovechkin play too rough? Barry Melrose has his say, but personally, I'm only interested in what Don Cherry thinks.
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