Alex Ovechkin was helped off ice after he tried to hit Tim Gleason. A moment before that Backstrom was plastered by Canes defenseman and I think Ovi tried to pay back for that.
Gleason changed direction at the last moment and the result was knee on knee, or leg on leg collision. Let's just hope it's just a charley horse.
12:05 Alex Ovechkin served by Alexandre Giroux : Kneeing (maj) - 5 min
12:05 Alex Ovechkin : Game misconduct
Gleason returned, Ovechkin is done for the night.
On a frame from YouTube video one can see that Gleason has totally avoided it, he was hit from the side, not from the front of the calf, he'll have a bump at most. As for Ovi, it doesn't look good, he got the worse of it, probably a knee injury, not just a charley horse.
Judging by this angle Ovi's gonna get it. (NHL.TV)
Look at similar hit on Orpik:
Ovechkin could be dead or paralyzed back then.
Let's just hope Ovi will learn from this finally. It's just too dangerous to try to catch an opposite player at full speed.
Corey Masisak: "A team official says no update on Ovechkin until tomorrow at the earliest."
Update by CSN: Ovechkin is icing his knee and is not expected to have an MRI tonight. Will be examined tomorrow in DC.
cmasisak22: GM George McPhee said Alex Ovechkin won't have an MRI or an x-ray on his knee until tomorrow, and only if the team doctor deems it needed.
"There's nothing we can say tonight," McPhee said.
As far possible disciplinary action, it's unclear whether Colin Campbell will hand out a suspension or fine for Ovechkin's knee-on-knee hit. But it appears, based on the rule book, that Ovechkin will avoid an automatic one-game suspension in connection with his hit on Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta last Wednesday because boarding and kneeing fall in different categories.
From Capitals Insider. Nov. 30, 2009:
I caught up to Alex Ovechkin before he boarded the team bus following tonight's 3-2 win in Raleigh, but the star winger would only say "no comment" when I inquired about his knee and the first period hit that resulted in his ejection.
I did, however, get to observe him walking. He had a slight limp, but he did not appear to be wearing a brace and was not using crutches.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's more concerned about a potential injury than the possibility of action from the NHL.
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"Anytime Alex is hurt, I'm concerned," he said. "He's stiff right now. But I don't know how long he's going to be out, if he's out at all. With these things, the next morning you find out a lot more."
As for the hit, Boudreau said: "It looked like he learned with his shoulder to me. [Tim] Gleason put a good move to the inside and his leg followed through with him."
Carolina Coach Paul Maurice called the hit "dangerous".
"Gleason made a good move and he caught him with his knee," Maurice told reporters. "I don't know how you want to define the play, but it's dangerous for both players."
Ovechkin told me that he was under strict orders not to discuss the injury or the hit.