newarenanow wrote:I say at the most, 1 game for each.
AO should get more for being a repeat offender.
Idoit40fans wrote:I think they should both be suspended. Ovechkin charged and gave a headshot. Michalek boarded and elbowed the head.
bab81 wrote:isn't the rule that the head cant be the principal point of contact? if so, are we all really homer enough to say that Michalek shouldnt be suspended?
columbia wrote:Anyone with a video of Z's hit?
I missed the game and won't be able to watch it until after work.
pfim wrote:Michalek's comments that he was angry and it could have led to his hit on Hendricks aren't going to help him, and pretty much invalidate any argument that Hendricks is somehow at fault, imo.
Henry Hank wrote:I never like the argument that someone put himself in a vulnerable position and thus is fair game. It's one thing if a guy were to duck his head at the last second and that causes a bad hit that wouldn't have otherwise happened. But in Michalek's case, he had plenty of time to change his plan of hitting, and in fact he has his elbow extended out as he comes in to make contact. There's never excuse for that IMO.
This all is an example of how bad officiating creates these kinds of situations. If they had just penalized Ovechkin for his hit, it's possible Michalek's never happens. But since they let OV get away with it, maybe that causes Michalek to take matters into his own hands and put a dirty hit on one of their guys in revenge. Perfect example of why the referees, not the players, should be policing the game. Maybe if they had penalized Ovechkin for this hits a long time ago, he might have gotten the message by now and neither event would have happened yesterday.
Jamie wrote:I do not believe Ovenchiken can be considered a repeat offendor. He was last suspended in March of 2010. Once 18 months passes and the player has no incidents of fines or suspension he shall be treated as a first time offendor. I think both players deserve 1-2 games, and call it a day.