Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has put together quite the highlight reel during his five seasons in the NHL. There was this crazy goal a few years back. And this beauty last year. Heck, most NHL players wish they could score a goal like the one the league's leading scorer buried last week against Dallas, but for Ovechkin's standards, it was pretty, well, standard.
But over the past year, Ovechkin has started to compile a less flattering highlight reel — one that has caused fans, players and the NHL's head disciplinarian Colin Campbell to cringe, instead of opposing goaltenders. This season, a trio of borderline hits, described by some as "reckless" and "dirty," has led to Ovechkin getting tossed from three games.
The latest happened yesterday when Ovechkin sent Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell face first into the boards — and reportedly to the injured reserve for the rest of the season with a broken clavicle and broken ribs. Here's the video of Ovechkin's dangerous hit from behind. The first replay (shot from a wide angle) doesn't look so bad. But check out the second replay 40 seconds in. He sees that Campbell is prone, but gives him a hard shove to the back anyway. I have played hockey my whole life, and watching Campbell crash into the boards made my neck and torso hurt, too.