Not only has Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin lost a shot at the Stanley Cup this season, the physical sniper lost a bit of pocket change out of his wallet as well.
It is reported that Ovechkin has been fined $40,000 by the NHL for conduct deemed "inexcusable" resulting from an illegal charge on Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.
In addition, Ovechkin was suspended from the team's first golf outing on Monday, May 18, at the Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia.
The incident occurred when Ovechkin attempted to check Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins along the boards in Washington's zone during the second period of Washington's 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game Seven of their second-round series.
As Malkin avoided the check, Ovechkin pummeled the next choice available—Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom.
Backstrom flung to the ice, stumbled to his feet, and skated straight for the bench.
It was observed that Ovechkin's feet were still in the air long after Backstrom went for a line change.
Washington's head coach Bruce Boudreau, critical of the referee's throughout portions of the series, was irate, blaming the officials for yet another missed call.
"Definitely a penalty." Boudreau said. "I don't know what the referee's are watching. Backstrom was charged, and blatantly I might add."
After Wednesday's Game Seven loss, Vice President and General Manager of the Capitals George McPhee even commented on the incident.
"This is one of those situations where it may not be called on the ice, but the league still looks at it afterwards. I'm sure the league will responsibly handle what was a dirty hit on one of our future stars here in Washington."
A press conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
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