The Washington Times - January 23, 2012, 12:28PM

It was a big deal on NBC’s broadcast Sunday, Alex Ovechkin’s hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek. But on Monday, the Washington Capitals captain did not want to really address the play.

Ovechkin has an afternoon phone hearing with NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan.


“It was a hit. I don’t want to comment my hit and I don’t want to comment on something [until] after the call,” Ovechkin said. “So after calling the league, I’ll talk about it and see what happens.”

Asked if he thought he was going to get suspended, Ovechkin replied: “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

The Penguins were pretty upset afterward, with coach Dan Byslma taking the politically correct approach of not saying much, but Michalek criticizing Ovechkin.

A few minutes after the hit, Michalek elbowed Matt Hendricks and earned a two-minute penalty and hearing of his own. Hendricks said the hit wasn’t a clean one.