To paraphrase Ric Flair, Alexander Ovechkin is the dirtiest player in the NHL today.
So far, he’s been protected because of his superstar status.
But guys are getting injured, and it’s time the NHL step in to do something.
Ovechkin has been in the league for a little more than three years. In that time, he has managed to injure player after player with questionable hits.
After the game earlier tonight (check out the video of the knee on knee against Tim Gleason below), there’s no doubt now that it’s time the NHL step in to suspend him. When Ovechkin got injured in a knee-on-knee hit that he created, there were probably many NHLers saying “Good, he deserved it.”
Here is video evidence of how dirty #8 can be.
Slewfoot on Rich Peverly
Knee on knee with Sergei Gonchar
Late hit on Daniel Briere
Hit from behind on Jamie Heward
Hit to the head in Russia
Knee on knee with Denis Wideman (go to the 1:38 mark)
Blindside hit on Dustin Brown
Late slap shot against Rob Scuderi
Boarding on Patrick Kaleta
Knee on knee with Tim Gleason
If you weren’t keeping count, that’s 10 examples of dirty hits from Ovechkin.
You want to guess how many times he was suspended? Once. By the Russian league for the elbow as he came off the bench.
The NHL needs to suspend this guy. We saw last night what could happen if the NHL continues to turn a blind eye. I’m just surprised that it was Ovechkin himself that was the cause of his own injury, as opposed to a teammate of someone he’s injured.
The NHL needs to step up and suspend Ovechkin for the safety of all NHL players, including #8 himself.