UPDATED: Ovechkin, Michalek Await Possible Punishment

Written by Frank Castaldi on .

UPDATED 6:37 P.M.: Ovechkin suspended three games for hit on Michalek.

Here's Brendan Shanahan's explanation of the suspension:

It's not too out of the ordinary for at least one player to check into the Shanaban Hotel following a slate of NHL games over the course of a weekend. However, having one player involved on both the receiving, and delivering end of a possible punishment by the NHL's Department of Player Safety is far more rare.

That will be the case for Pittsburgh's Zbynek Michalek, as both he and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin will have hearings with Brendan Shanahan on Monday, following their roles in questionable hits this weekend.

Both hits came during Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory in overtime on Sunday afternoon.

The first hit in question, came when Ovechkin launched himself at Michalek's head early in the second period. Ovechkin wasn't given a penalty on the play, but it's hard to imagine that he'll escape Shanahan's office without either some time in the press box, or, with his wallet slightly less heavier than when he walked in.

Michalek, on the other hand, was on the delivering end of a dangerous hit just five minutes later. While chasing the puck with Washington's Matt Hendricks behind his own net, Michalek slammed Hendricks into the boards, using his elbow/forearm to drive his head into the glass.

The Penguins defensemen was dished out only a two-minute minor on the play, but he too should be given some sort of extra discipline from Shanahan.

Unlike Ovechkin, who has been suspended on two other occasions, Michalek hasn't been disciplined by the league in his eight-year NHL career.

Shanahan was already in the giving mood heading into Sunday, as Boston's Andrew Ference was hit with a three-game ban for his hit on Rangers' Ryan McDonagh during Saturday afternoon's contest.

You be the judge: What do Ovechkin and Michalek deserve?


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