After the Capitals/Blackhawks game, Alex Ovechkin and Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau shared their comments on the hit.
“I didn’t hit him hard,” Ovechkin said of Campbell, who did not return to the game. “He fell bad. But you can see, every shift this happens — little pushes, little battles.”
“I didn’t think it was a bad, bad check worth a five and a game [misconduct],” he said. “A two at the most, but I don’t make the calls.”
These comments aren’t shocking given the circumstances but given the players involved, the league has an interesting problem for themselves.