In his effort to hit Alex Ovechkin in the first period on Monday night, Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil ended up injuring himself, leaving the game with what the team was calling a lower body injury following an awkward collision with the Capitals' superstar forward.
Here is the play, via Comcast Sports Net.
Neil left the game and did not return.
Ovechkin did stay in the game, and following the Capitals' 3-1 loss he sounded off on what he thought was a missed call by the officials.
All of the officials.
Ovi on hit from Neil: "I felt like he going to hit me shoulder to shoulder I was ready for it but he hit right in my head, right in chin."— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) December 31, 2013
Ovi on refs: "Four guys out there didn’t do their job. Maybe they decide to celebrate New Year’s too early… and they didn’t see headshots."— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) December 31, 2013
Like all hits that play is sure to be reviewed by the league, but any supplemental discipline seems unlikely. Of course, the league is probably going to have some interest in the post-game comments as well.