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Alex Ovechkin not expected to receive discipline for hit on Rangers’ Dan Girardi

Alex Ovechkin said he has not heard from the NHL or league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan about his hit on Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi in Game 4. Nor does the Capitals star left wing expect to.

It doesn’t look like Ovechkin will face any supplemental discipline for the hit, sources have told the Post.

Following practice on Sunday, Coach Dale Hunter reiterated that he believed the hit was “incidental contact; they collided with each other.”

Ovechkin received a minor penalty for charging on the play and Girardi was not injured by the hit, but the defenseman insisted the Washington captain made contact with his head first.

Ovechkin disagreed: “I didn’t feel and I didn’t see contact with the head at all.”

Replays show Ovechkin left his feet on the play – a key factor in his three-game suspension in January – but that the principle point of contact was Girardi’s shoulder.

Asked if Ovechkin needs to be more cautious to not jump into hits, Hunter replied, “I think everybody has to.”

More from Game 4:
Boswell: Caps buying in to Hunter
Capitals’ stars fuel 3-2 win to even series against Rangers
Ovechkin says he didn’t hit Girardi’s head
Interactive shot-by-shot graphic of the postseason
A timely goal from Mike Green


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