Ovechkin Suspended, Michalek Avoids Punishment

By: Chris Gates
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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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.

You can view Shanahan’s entire description of the hit here.

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.

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