Ovechkin Suspended, Michalek Avoids Punishment
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Two hits drew a ton of attention in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 overtime win against Washington Sunday afternoon.
Only one was deemed a punishable offense, as Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin received a three-game suspension for a hit on Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek. As Michalek went to play a puck in the corner boards in the second period, Ovechkin came in and left his feet to deliver a blow to the head of Michalek.
The hit did not receive a penalty during the game, but NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan reviewed the hit Monday and decided to issue Ovechkin a three-game suspension.
Ovechkin is what the NHL considers a “repeat offender.” This is his third suspension for illegal hits.
The second hit of note from Sunday involved Michalek hitting Washington’s Matt Hendricks in the head. Michalek had a phone hearing with Shanahan before Monday’s practice. He was not fined or suspended.