After the Caps' come-from-behind, 4-3 overtime win against the Blackhawks, captain Alex Ovechkin talked about getting ejected after receiving a game misconduct for boarding Brian Campbell.
"I didn't hit him hard," Ovechkin said of Campbell, who did not return to the game. "He fell bad. But you can see, every shift this happens -- little pushes, little battles."
One reporter asked if, as Chicago's Jonathan Toews suggested, players need to start respecting each other more. "I respect everybody," Ovechkin said. "We respect everybody here in the locker room and outside, but over there [on the ice], we play for our team, and we make some hard hits, and sometimes, you get hurt. That's a hockey game."
Unsurprisingly, Coach Bruce Boudreau had similar thoughts. "I didn't think it was a bad, bad check worth a five and a game [misconduct]," he said. "A two at the most, but I don't make the calls."