Evaluating The Alexander Ovechkin and His "Dirty" Hit On Brian Campbell

Svyato RovenchukSenior Writer IMarch 15, 2010

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 3:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on March 3, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Last night in the game between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks Ovechkin received an early escort from the game. Alexander Ovechkin dished out a very controversial hit in Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman, Brian Campbell. He checked Brian Campbell right into the boards in the 1st period of the game. Ever since then people are debating whether he should be suspended or not.

First off let’s take a look at the video so you can see for yourself what happened:


To me honestly this is not a dirty hit and Ovechkin does not deserve a suspension for it. The penalty he got last night was punishment enough. Ovechkin was going for the puck and Campbell happened to be there. I’m not saying Ovechkin is totally innocent here, he sure is not, but it’s not as bad as some other hits usually displayed in the NHL.

It was just a push and it seemed that Brian Campbell was just a victim of a bad fall. So it wasn’t necessarily the hit from Ovechkin that did Campbell in, but simply the awkward way he hit the boards is all.

Here are some reactions to Alexander Ovechkin’s hit on Brian Campbell:

Alexander Ovechkin said:

“I don’t think it was a real good check. He just kind of fell and it was a dangerous moment. It was not a hard hit. I just wanted to push him.”

“I didn’t hit him hard. I pushed him, but he fell bad. It probably looks bad. I thought it was going to be two minutes, but the linesman came to me and said ‘Game over.’”

Jonathan Toews said:

“So much of that stuff going on now. It’s pretty frustrating that the players don’t take a stand against something like that and say we have to respect ourselves a little bit more and know it’s not all about the flashy hit.”

“You’ve got to know when there’s a dangerous situation where you could really hurt somebody, and be smart about it.”

Blackhawks head coach, Joel Quenneville said:

“The League will do what they do.”

“Soupy (Campbell) is going to be out for a bit here. It was a dangerous hit.”

Niklas Hjalmarsson said:

“I hope they take a good look and suspend him for a couple of games.”

Alexander Ovechkin made it clear his intentions were not to hurt Brian, but you never know who to believe these days. Most people are calling for a 3-4 game suspension for Ovechkin, I say at most he should get a 2 game suspension. Ovechkin has proven to be wild in the past, but he is not a guy like Sean Avery who’s intentions were to actually go in and hurt that person. Ovechkin is not like that and a suspension is a punishment unfitting of the crime.

The hit made on Brian Campbell will most likely put him out for the remainder of the NHL regular season. So there’s no doubt that the hit will impact the Chicago Blackhawks lineup and some changes will have to be made to the blue line.

Stay tuned to your tv sets and NHL.com for the ruling on this hit.

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