Ovechkin defends dangerous hit that sent opponent to hospital.


Ovechkin defends dangerous hit that sent opponent to hospital.

The Washington Capitals' victory is being overshadowed because of the actions of their best player.

While the Caps' did come away with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, their star forward Alex Ovechkin was assessed a boarding major for a dangerous hit from behind he delivered.

Ovechkin was given a five-minute major after hitting Bruins' defenseman Kevan Miller from behind in the second period. The hit forced Miller from the game with an apparent shoulder injury and reports indicate he visited the hospital after the hit.

Ovechkin remained adamant after the game that it was not his intent to injure his opponent on the play.

"Oh, it's just a hockey play," Ovechkin told reporters, according to NESN.com. "I tried to kind of, like - I don't try to hit him. I didn't see a replay, but my motion was not like try to headhunt.

"I just try to play the puck, and he kind of turned, and there was hit. At least, I told the referee I didn't try to go through him or something, just trying to pin him."

The NHL will reportedly take a look at the hit, but Ovechkin doesn't seemed worried that his hit might result in a suspension.

"No, I don't think it's (worthy) of suspension or something," he added. "I don't try to hit the head, just to be in my spot and make a play. He's turning at the boards."

The hit is a pretty textbook boarding call, but will the NHL decide to suspend the league's leading goal-scorer?

Here is the hit in question:


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