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Should Ovechkin be suspended?



A Capitals official told Washington reporters after Thursday's game that he did not believe Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin would get supplemental discipline for his hit on Lightning defenseman Jamie Heward that left Heward unconscious on the ice for 90 seconds but, thankfully, only with a concussion.

Still, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said early Friday morning that the hit, like all others that results in injury, will be reviewed.

"We look at all hits and plays, particularly those that result in injury," Campbell said in an e-mail. "We don't announce anything unless there is an eventual suspension."

Players also can be fined up to $2,500, the max allowed by the collective bargaining agreement. If you recall, that is what happened to former Capitals player Matt Cooke after his hit last season that injured Vinny Lecavalier.

Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said after the game that he did not think Ovechkin was trying to injure Heward, Ovechkin's former teammate, or that Ovechkin was trying to be dirty. His only concern was if Ovechkin left his feet. Tocchet said he spoke to referee Marc Joannette. He said Joannette said he "could not tell."

If there is a suspension, it will come before Washington's game Saturday against the Rangers.

Heward stayed overnight at Washington's Selbey Hospital for observation, with assistant trainer Mike Poirier, while the team flew back to Tampa.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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