It seems that yet another hit levied by a Capitals player is drawing a lot of attention. In his post game presser, Florida Panthers’ Head Coach Bob Boughner asked that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety review a hit made by Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin in the second period of Friday nights game between the Panthers and Capitals.
The hit in question happened 52 seconds into the second period. Panthers’ defenseman Mark Pysyk would be on the receiving end of an Ovechkin hit at the top of the left circle. Pysyk would leave the game following the hit and would not return. There was no penalty called on the play.
Panthers head coach Bob Boughner made it known that he was not at all happy with Ovechkin’s hit on Pysyk. After the game, Boughner called for the Department of Player Safety to review the hit, calling it “high”, and “a head shot.”
Panthers coach Bob Boughner wants NHL Dept. of Player Safety to take a look at Alex Ovechkin’s hit on Mark Pysyk: “I hope they do because if you see the replay, it’s high. Those are the kind of plays that need to be reviewed.”#ALLCAPS
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) October 20, 2018
Boughner didn’t like Ovechkin’s hit on Pysyk.
“It’s high. It’s a head shot. And the league’s trying to clamp down on that. Whether there’s no call, I don’t blame the refs. Maybe they missed it. That happens. But those are the kind of plays that need to be reviewed.”
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) October 20, 2018
Ovechkin wasn’t finished knocking down Panthers. Later in the game he would lay another good hit, this time Alexander Barkov would be on the receiving end.
There has been no official statement from the Department of Player Safety regarding Ovechkin’s hit on Pysyk.
By Jon Sorensen