Following Capitals practice, Alex Ovechkin said he didn’t want to discuss his hit Sunday on Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek that has led to a hearing this afternoon with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Ovechkin said when asked if he believed he would be suspended for the hit in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins, which featured the Capitals captain’s first three-point outing of the season.
“It was a hit,” Ovechkin said. “I don’t want to comment my hit and I don’t want to comment on something [until] after the call [from Shanahan].”
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Ovechkin’s hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Ovechkin has been suspended twice in his career, each for two games in the 2009-10 season. The first was for a knee-on-knee hit against Tim Gleason. The second was a hit from behind on Brian Campbell.
Coach Dale Hunter declined to comment when asked about Ovechkin’s hit.
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