This is how far away from the boards was Brian Campbell when Ovechkin pushed him. Unbelievable!
It was 11 feet away from the boards!
Rule 44 - Checking from Behind:
44.1 Checking from Behind – A check from behind is a check delivered on a player who is not aware of the impending hit, therefore unable to protect or defend himself, and contact is made on the back part of the body.
How can Campbell be unaware of Ovechkin when they race for the puck from the blue line? The more I look at it, the more I agree with Ovi that it was unfortunate fall for Campbell. The push was totally legal, nothing wrong about it, Campbell was going sideways, either Campbell was not prepared for it or it was too much for him to handle because Ovi is 235 pounds and is extremely strong. In both cases Campbell was aware that Ovechkin was following him.
Below is Damian Cox post about the game, he is my favorite. He always gives extremely accurate analysis of the situation. I remember in playoffs he wrote why Boudreau should put Varlamov in the net vs. Rangers. And this is exactly what Boudreau and GMGM did. More interesting, they gave almost word to word same explanation as Cox why they did it. Who knows, maybe they read Damian Cox too.
Is it a guessing game like Cox suggests?
I can say this, if it wouldn't be Ovechkin there wouldn't be so much cry. The Porksburgh crowd compares Ovechkin push to Cooke's hit in the head of Marc Savard already. Bhahaha.