Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin went airborne just before leveling Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek with a body check on Sunday and as a result hell likely be slapped with a suspension by Brendan Shanahan today.
Ovechkin committed a no-no when he left his feet just before making contact with Michalek, who is also facing a hearing today for his retaliatory elbow to the head of Caps forward Matt Hendricks.
After Sundays game, Michalek, who earlier this season missed 10 games with a concussion, was pretty adamant about Ovechkin not getting penalized on the play early in the second period.
He hit just my head, and Ive been told he left his feet, too, Michalek told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after Sundays game. They didnt call it on the ice, but to me it was a pretty clear head shot. I guess some players are more protected than others. It shouldnt be like that.
A little more than 4 minutes after the hit on Michalek, the Penguins defenseman took a run at Hendricks and was assessed an elbowing minor at the 8:36 mark of the second period.
It was a good call, but my question is, why didn't they call a penalty on Ovechkin? Michalek said. Make it even. Call everybody the same way. That way we dont have any problems like that.
I know that I made a bad play and maybe I was still a little bit mad about the hit before. Thats how it is. Its not the first time Ovechkin hit me or hit somebody else like that. Some players are more protected than others. It should be an even field.
I just told the ref that if he makes a call on me, he should have made a call on him, too.
It should be even no matter who makes the hit.
Michalek said he felt OK after taking the hit, but that should have no bearing on the NHLs ruling today.
I have to be honest -- I have to be aware when I see him coming, Michalek said, but he cannot leave his feet like that and just go for my head. I felt like it was a dirty play by him.