Monday, January 23, 2012

Ovechkin Suspended

Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals has been suspended by league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his hit on Zbynek Michalek of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ovechkin has been suspended three games and is eligible to return on February 4th. He is still able to play in the All Star game though.

The hit on Michalek was pretty brutal and Shanahan stated that the hit was the main reason for the suspension. The fact that Ovechkin is a repeat offender also factored into the suspension.

This is Ovechkin's third suspension of his career, the first coming from a knee on knee hit on Tim Gleason and the second being a reckless hit on former Blackhawks defenceman Brian Campbell.

This is bad news for the Capitals, who are already missing Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green. Now they lost their captain for 3 games. How will the Caps fare? Let us know in the comments!