Penguins VS Capitals: Ovechkin Suspension and Gonchar Injury
As the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals series move on to game 5, there are more and more subplots involved between the two teams. First it was the talk of Ovechkin VS Crosby, the two brightest stars of the NHL with two conflicting personalities and styles on and off the ice.
A death threat was also made to Alex Ovechkin over the internet which was eventually traced to a 17-year old boy living in Chambersburg. He posted on a hockey message board saying, "I'm killing Ovechkin. I'll go to jail. I don't care anymore."
Looking to game 5 with the series tied up at 2-2, all the question before the game is whether Alex Ovechkin will be suspended by the NHL for his knee-on-knee hit to Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sergei Gonchar left the game and was unable to return after the hit with Ovechkin receiving only a minor for tripping to the dismay of the Penguins team. Many believed it should have been a major penalty along with a suspension but the refs saw otherwise.
Will Ovechkin be suspended? We should find out real soon as the scheduled game time for Game 5 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals begins at 4pm ET May 9th in Washington.
Sergei Gonchar has suffered a knee injury and is likely to be out for the next several weeks and quite possibly the remainder of the season. Pittsburgh will have to continue on without Gonchar - one of their best defenceman in the lineup.
Ovechkin will not be suspended for his knee-on-knee hit that took out Gonchar.
''We now have Exhibit A of the extreme double-standard that exists in the NHL's approach to discipline. Alex clearly cuts back with his knee after missing his check with devastating results. But of course, because it's Alex, its all Sergei's fault,'' Barry told TSN.