Alex Ovechkin got two minutes in the penalty box for charging, though it’s possible he faces supplemental discipline for his hit on New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.
Ovechkin appeared to leave his feet and make high contact with Girardi at the 12:17 mark of the second period.
“He hit my head a bit there, but I think it was the right call,” Girardi said. “I’m not sure what it was, whether it was, charging or interference or whatever. But my head’s kind of there, he hits it, but I think he’s just playing the game hard. But I don’t know.”
Girardi said Ovechkin hit his head first, something the Washington Capitals captain denied. “In the head? No, I think it was the shoulder,” he said.
“I just missed the puck,” Ovechkin explained. “I tried to kick the puck and I saw he was coming, so I just got to protect myself.”
Coach Dale Hunter admitted he had not seen a replay but did not think any further discipline would be coming.
“I think both of them were surprised they hit each other. It was incidental contact where both of them were looking down and they hit each other,” he said. “It was more incidental contact where both of them were protecting themselves and trying to get out of the way.”
Ovechkin is a repeat offender and served a three-game suspension for hitting Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek in January.