Alex Ovechkin Could Skip NHL All-Star Game Following Suspension

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: Alex Ovechkin (R) #8 of the Washington Capitals poses in front of his wax figure at Madame Tussauds on October 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin was suspended three games on Monday evening for his hit on Zbynek Michalek, and that suspension will carry through the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, in which he's been invited as a participant. He's allowed to join his fellow All-Stars in Ottawa despite the suspension, but there's the possibility that, unhappy with the NHL's decision to suspend him, he may choose not to go.

From TSN's Bob McKenzie, speaking on television Monday night:

Word out of Washington (Monday night) is that Alexander Ovechkin does not want to go to the All-Star Weekend as a suspended player. All accounts would lead us to believe that there's going to be some discussions (Tuesday) with Ovechkin, with the Capitals on this issue, and I would bet right now that Alexander Ovechkin is going to want to withdraw from the NHL All-Star Game.

Ovechkin likely won't be fined if he chooses to skip the game, according to TSN, because the NHL has opted not to go that route this year. Several years back the league did fine Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk, even going as far as suspending them for a game because they wanted to rest their injuries during All-Star Weekend. Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne will not receive similar treatment this year for skipping the game, nor will Ovechkin.

For more on Ovechkin's three-game suspension, visit Capitals blog Japers' Rink and SB Nation DC. You can find everything you need to know on the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in our StoryStream.

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