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Zbynek Michalek of the Pittsburgh Penguins was in a peculiar position on Monday: Arguing that his hit on Matt Hendricks of the Washington Capitals didn't warrant anything more than the elbowing minor it received on Sunday afternoon, while waiting to hear if the hit Alex Ovechkin put on Michalek would received its own punishment.
The first skate to drop was for Michalek: The NHL Department of Player declared that there would be no fine or suspension for this hit to the head of Hendricks (via @cjzero)
From Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times:
Michalek got two minutes for elbowing but no further suspension or fine from the NHL, league spokesman confirmed. It's believed that no suspension or fine because Michalek's knee buckled when hitting Hendricks' butt, contributing to his losing his balance and lunging forward.
His "butt"? Always with the technical terms …
Michalek owned up to the elbowing call, saying "I took a penalty and it was a good call."...
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Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek will not be fined or suspended by the NHL for a hit on Washington's Matt Hendricks Sunday.
Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek is thankful he wasn't suspended for elbowing Washington's Matt Hendricks in a game this past weekend.
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The below images of Matt Hendricks’s ear are gross. Really gross. If you don’t like really gross stuff, you won’t like them.
Mike Vogel from Caps.com published an incredible item about the injury Hendricks sustained Saturday in Pittsburgh, when an Alex Ovechkin practice shot deflected off the glass and caromed into his head.
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In the second period of the Capitals 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Alexander Ovechkin added another hit to his long, long, long list of controversial hits and incidents he's been involved in during his career.With about 13 minutes left in the 2nd, Ovechkin left his feet and delivered a check on Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek. On the hit, Ovechkin...
Alex Ovechkin has had an up-and-down season for the Capitals. Now, the talented winger will be forced to miss Washington's next three games. Ovechkin has been suspended by the NHL for launching himself at Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek during Sunday's game. The incident occurred at 4:05 of the second period, as Ovechkin left his feet to hit Michalek into the...
Washington left winger Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for three games for a hit on Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek Sunday.
The NHL suspended Washington's Alexander Ovechkin for three games for leaping to hit Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek.
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...
There are a lot of labels Alex Ovechkin has yet to shake in his NHL career. One that's stuck since his early days with the Washington Capitals: That he leaves his skates on too many of his booming checks.
In the second period of the Caps' 4-3 OT loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Ovechkin caught some air on this hit on defenseman Zbynek Michalek — and caught Michalek...
The NHL has suspended Washington's Alex Ovechkin 3 games for yesterday's hit on Pittsburgh's Zbynek Michalek...Seen below with the explanation by discipline czar Brendan Shanahan...((HT: NHL))The Caps are one point out of seventh in the Eastern Conference, but only two points out of ninth with the Maple Leafs on their heels. It will be interesting to see how the Caps...