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NHL Going Ons….

NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan has handed down a 3 game suspension against Washington Capital captain Alex Ovechkin (OVECHKIN!). The suspension was the result of a hit on Pittsburgh’s Zbynek Michalek in the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss Sunday at Consol Energy Center. Shanahan ruled that because Ovechkin left his feet, made contact with the head and is a repeat offender (two previous suspensions and two fines for questionable hits) that the Capitals’ captain deserved to sit for three games.

“I was surprised and disappointed. I didn’t anticipate he would be suspended for three games. We presented our case to the League yesterday and I thought we did real well,” said George McPhee, general manager of the Capitals.”I was disappointed in the suspension because he is considered a repeat offender, and I don’t believe he should have been suspended in the past for at least one of those hits — the one in Chicago. He outweighed the player [then-Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell by 50 pounds — that’s not his fault. There was a lot of grey area then, but I think we’ve cleaned up the grey and it is clear now what we’re trying to do. I think that was a factor in the decision and I don’t think it should have been.”

Alex Ovechkin said “I was disappointed, actually. The most bad thing is all my career it is going to be like that. My game is play physical. My game is play hard. I don’t think it was bad hit, a dirty hit. Yeah, I jumped but he don’t get hurt and I don’t get two minutes. I don’t think it was a three-game suspension.”
“I explain what happened and [Shanahan] said what he thought,” Ovechkin said. “I said target was not the head, the target was the body. You can see he (goes) down when I try to hit him. If he (stands) up and try to hit me back, maybe it is going to be a good hit. He didn’t, and I am suspended and he’s not. Why he doesn’t get suspended is also questionable.”

As a direct result of this suspension, Ovechkin has decided to remove himself from the All-Star game citing that he will be in the middle of a three-game suspension.

“In light of yesterday’s suspension, we informed the Capitals that, while Alex Ovechkin was still welcome to participate in this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Ottawa, we would not be insisting that he do so,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “We now understand that Alex has decided to withdraw from this weekend’s events. Given the circumstances involved, we understand Mr. Ovechkin’s decision in this regard, and have no intention of pursuing this matter further.”

It’s a bummer because I have always loved Ovechkin’s antics at the All-Star game. He will be missed.

The Boston Bruins were honored for their 2011 Stanley Cup Victory at the White House on Monday. All were in attendance less goalie and Conn Smythe trophy winner Tim Thomas. Thomas, one of only two Americans from the 2011 Stanley Cup team, decided not to join his teammates.

Thomas posted the following statement on his Facebook page at 6 p.m. ET:

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

If it’s not about politics Tim, why not go to the White House and honor your team as well as your teammates?!

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  1. January 25, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Watched that Caps/Pens game Sunday. Seriously, a three-game suspension? *shakes head* Thought it was an exciting game and Ovechkin played great….. WAS looking forward to the All Star festivities….now not so much.

  2. Justin
    January 25, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Though I applaud Shanaban for his efforts to reduce “dirty” hitting in the league, he has been fairly inconsistent in his rulings. Too harsh in come cases (this being one of them) and too light on others. You need to even it out Shanny! Ovechkin will be missed during the ASG!!

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