Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/23/12
This has to be a first for the NHL Department of Player Safety: Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will have a Monday afternoon hearing for his leaping hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek ... which will take place after a Monday morning hearing for Zbynek Michalek's head-shot on the Capitals' Matt Hendricks. We covered the non-penalized Ovechkin hit on Sunday, and you can see that video here. As for Michalek's hit, which earned an elbowing minor, here it 'tis: From the NHL: Ovechkin, who scored in the loss, is being asked to discuss his hit on Michalek at 4:05 into the second period. The Caps' forward appeared to have left his feet and made contact with Michalek's head as he hit the Pens' defenseman in the corner behind Pittsburgh's net. Less than five minutes after Ovechkin's hit, Michalek -- who played more than 21 minutes Sunday -- received a minor elbowing penalty after making contact with Washington's Matt Hendricks behind the Penguins' net. Hendricks w...
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