Monday, May 7, 2007

Russian Machine powered off

Per just about everybody, Alex Ovechkin was suspended for one game for his hit on Swiss forward Valentin Wirz.

I didn't see the hit, but it wouldn't surprise me if this was a situation like Ilya Kovalchuk's ejection from the Olympics a couple years ago. For whatever reason, physical play is frowned upon in international competition, and the Russian Machine is nothing if not physical. At least it's not the Olympics where any ejection gets a player removed from the entire competition.

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Late edit- here's a youtube clip of the hit. Notice Ovechkin keeps his shoulder tight and doesn't extend the elbow. A clean, solid hit. It wouldn't even get 2 minutes in the NHL.