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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Alex Ovechkin will not be disciplined for apparent spear

There will not be any supplementary discipline for Alex Ovechkin following his apparent spear Wednesday night on Ottawa’s Chris Neil, according to an NHL spokesman.

The Capitals captain was checked by Neil in the defensive zone and as the two players made their way up ice, Ovechkin’s stick appears to spear Neil in the midsection. (Video of the play here, h/t Russian Machine)

Ovechkin was not penalized on the play — and said afterward that it was unintentional — while Neil was given a minor for diving. According to the league rulebook, there is no specified fine or suspension for spearing.

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