This one will be talked about even after Game 4 between the Capitals and Rangers comes to a close. In the second period on Saturday, Alex Ovechkin met Dan Girardi in the middle of the ice in the Caps' offensive zone.
A hit was levied, and the legality of that hit was questionable and controversial.
Ovechkin was given a two-minute minor penalty for charging on the play, a Rangers power play the Capitals killed off relatively easily. It's really tough to tell where the principal point of contact is on this hit. It looks as though it could be the head or the shoulder or some hybrid of the two, but there is definitely contact with the head.
Also, Ovechkin clearly leaves his feet on the hit, an infraction worthy of the charging minor penalty. Perhaps nailing the trifecta, the puck was also long gone once Ovechkin delivered the hit. In fact, he skated right past the puck to reach Girardi.
So, what do you think? Legal? Not? Suspension worthy?
What's your opinion on this hit?
Clean (60 votes)
Not legal, but a 2 minute penalty is enough (279 votes)
Not legal, and he deserves supplemental discipline (446 votes)
Other (list in comments) (5 votes)
790 total votes