Ovechkin, Michalek to have hearings Monday
Sunday, 01.22.2012 / 11:17 PM / News
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek will have hearings with the Department of Player Safety on Monday following hits that transpired during the Pens' 4-3 overtime victory at the Consol Energy Center on Sunday.
Ovechkin, who scored in the loss, is being asked to discuss his hit on Michalek at 4:05 into the second period. The Caps' forward appeared to have left his feet and made contact with Michalek's head as he hit the Pens' defenseman in the corner behind Pittsburgh's net. Ovechkin's hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Less than five minutes after Ovechkin's hit, Michalek -- who played more than 21 minutes Sunday -- received a minor elbowing penalty after making contact with Washington's Matt Hendricks behind the Penguins' net. Hendricks was able to get up and continue playing.
Michalek's hearing is slated for Monday morning.