The Washington Times - January 23, 2012, 08:13AM

Zbynek Michalek was not in the least bit thrilled Sunday that a hit he took from Alex Ovechkin was not a penalty. And he admitted his elbow on Matt Hendricks wasn’t great, either.

“It’s not the first time he’s hit me or somebody else like that,” Michalek said. “Some players are more protected than the others. It should be an even field. Next shift I took a penalty. It was a good call. I elbowed the guy. I just told the ref that if he’s going to make the call on me he should make it on him too. It should be an even field no matter who makes the hit.”


Now there’s an “even field” as both Ovechkin and Michalek will have disciplinary hearings with the NHL’s Brendan Shanahan on Monday. Michalek’s hearing is Monday morning and Ovechkin’s is Monday afternoon.

Is either suspension-worthy?

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma didn’t say much about Ovechkin’s hit, staying on the politcally correct side when asked about the captain apparently leaving his feet.

Your analysis was that he appeared to leave his feet?” Bylsma responded to a reporter with a wry smile. “Yes it was.”

Here’s Ovechkin’s hit:

And Michalek’s: