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Multiple sources have indicated that Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin is not expected to have a hearing for his second-period hit on Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, but Girardi said Ovechkin hit him in the head.
Girardi declined to weigh in on whether Ovechkin should be punished -- he is, remember, a repeat offender -- but said this when asked about the prinicipal point of contact:
"He hit me in the head first."
Read the full story, with comments from Ovechkin, here.
It is also worth noting that Ovechkin was slapped with a three-game suspension earlier this season for a similar hit on Pittsburgh's Zbynek Michalek in January. On that play, Ovechkin left his feet to hit Michalek, and although the head was not the principal point of contact, league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said Ovechkin was "responsible for any contact to the head" as a result of "launching" into Michalek.
Link to Shanahan's video explanation here.
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