Capitals and Penguins Clash

chris saccoContributor IMay 5, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 02:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates past Brooks Orpik #44 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Alexander Ovechkin is upset, oh no.

In Game Two of the semifinals, Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the Washington goalie Simeon Varlamov with a cheap shot late in the game.

Yes it was definitley a cheap hit, and should have been called, if the officials had seen it. But, with a mass of players in front of the net, the refs obviously did not. Hence, there was no call. Just like when the Capitals went on the power play, and right off the face off, Matt Cooke of the Pens was interfered with and taken out of the play, which led to a goal for the Caps.

Yet, here we have Ovechkin crying about the hit to the press, saying that if there is no suspension for Kunitz, that he will be mad about it. He actually has the nerve to compare the situation to the dirty hit from his teammate Donald Brashear on Blair Betts of the Rangers, who was injured. 

The Caps goalie wasn't injured. 

In Ovechkins interview, he states that there is no place in hockey for that kind of play and something needs to be done about it.

Well, in that same game, a puck was put into the air, and Kunitz and Ovechkin came together. All of a sudden, as the Pens gained control of the puck, Ovechkin hit the ice grabbing at his face and looking over at the ref looking for call and he got one. Kunitz was given a penalty for cross checking.

Here's the problem, when the play was shown back, there was no cross check. Kunitz wasn't even close to hitting his face.

I guess it's alright to dive and make it look like there's a penalty when there isn't. Both diving and dirty hits, need to be addressed by the league. But for someone who takes dives quite a bit, to come out and cry about the play of other players, is disgusting.  

To compare it to that goon Donald Brashear, who looks to injure players, and has been in trouble with the league in the past, is just ridiculous. 


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