'Reckless' Ovechkin suspended two games

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Washington Capitals' star Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for two games for a "reckless" hit Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ovechkin was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Chicago's Brian Campbell in the first period of Washington's 4-3 overtime win. The Blackhawks' blue-liner may miss the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone and broken ribs.

Alex Ovechkin

Washington Capitals' star Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for two games for a "reckless" hit Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ovechkin was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Chicago's Brian Campbell in the first period of Washington's 4-3 overtime win. The Blackhawks' blue-liner may miss the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone and broken ribs.

This is the second time this season the league's leading scorer has been handed a two-game ban. He was also suspended for two games on Nov. 30 for a knee-on-knee hit against Carolina's Tim Gleason.

"I feel so bad for the guy," Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau told the Washington Post after learning of the ruling. "All he wants to do is play hockey and play the game hard."

Boudreau said Campbell's injury is a result of the defenceman's skate getting caught in the ice and his subsequent fall into the boards. The coach didn't think Ovechkin hit Campbell with enough force to get suspended.

"Alex pushed (Campbell). If he doesn't fall awkwardly into the boards, a) Is it a penalty? b) Are we having this discussion?," Boudreau told the Post. "Alex is so much stronger than everyone else. So we're penalizing him for being strong."

The NHL called the hit "reckless" in a news release announcing the suspension. Ovechkin will miss out on $232,645.40 US in salary, with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Organizations: NHL, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks Washington Post Campbell's Emergency Assistance Fund

Geographic location: Chicago, US

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