The Washington Times - March 18, 2012, 12:09PM

CHICAGO | Mike Green got suspended three games for hitting Brett Connolly in the head. Alex Ovechkin got suspended three games for launching himself into Zbynek Michalek.

Yet Winnipeg Jets defenseman Mark Stuart got just a $2,500 fine from the NHL on Saturday for striking Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson in the head Friday night.


Seems an odd punishment given how egregious of a head shot replays showed it to be.

It’s not really my thing to have any impact on it. But seeing Greenie and Ovi get three games for something that’s pretty similar, I think it’s weird,” Johansson said Sunday. “It’s over now and there’s not much to look back at. I’m good to play, so it’s all right.”

The play in question happened at the 8:41 mark of the first period Friday in Winnipeg. Johansson didn’t miss a shift initially but was not on the bench with the Caps to start the second period. But he showed no ill-effects from the hit and played full shifts in the third period.

It’s a part of the game. There’s hits going on all the time. It’s just something that happens sometimes,” Johansson said. “I’m pretty happy that I’m not worse than it was. I feel a hundred percent now, and I’m just happy to play.”

Asked about the Caps’ trend of not getting a whole lot of power plays lately, forward Matt Hendricks pointed to the Stuart decision, too.

That’s a tough question. I don’t know. I think I saw Mark Stuart got fined 2,500 bucks for that elbow on Marcus,” Hendricks said. “Sometimes they just don’t see them.”

Not having it called as a penalty in the game was coach Dale Hunter’s problem. The Caps were already on a power play, and another call could have tilted the ice even further.

At least they recognized it that it should’ve been called,” Hunter said in reacting to the fine. “He got fined, so at least it should have been a penalty. We should have had a five-on-three, which would’ve been a big part of the game.”

The NHL fined Stuart for “interference” and a “late hit” but did not make mention of it being a head shot.

“I haven’t really looked into it that much,” Johansson said. “I think obviously he hit my head, but it’s their thing to call.”