- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 28, 2006


The NHL is looking into the spearing incident that took place in the first period of the Washington Capitals-Buffalo Sabres game Tuesday night, league sources confirmed last night.

The incident took place when Sabres captain Daniel Briere used teammate Brian Campbell as a screen to hide from officials, then pitch-forked Caps wing Alex Ovechkin in the groin.

Ovechkin immediately fell to the ice, doubled up in pain. He quickly regained his composure and confronted Briere, reportedly challenging him to a fight. Buffalo players kept Ovechkin from getting any closer.

No penalty was called, but a deliberate spear calls for a five-minute major penalty, an automatic game misconduct and a league review. Buffalo plays host to Carolina tonight and any league discipline would have to be handed down before the game.

This is the second incident this season between Ovechkin and Briere. On Dec. 2, Ovechkin was penalized for a hit from behind and ejected after he struck the Buffalo center, sending him head-first into the boards. Briere did not miss a shift. Ovechkin was fined $1,000 by the league.

Buffalo led 6-0 when Briere speared Ovechkin.

Dave Fay

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