Ovechkin thrown out of game for hit on Campbell


Alex Ovechkin was just tossed from today’s Game of the Week for an ugly boarding check on Brian Campbell. He received a five minute penalty and a game misconduct for a hit from behind on “Soupy.”

Look, regardless of your preference in the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry, it’s hard not to admire Ovechkin’s apparent disregard for his own body. Unfortunately, the talented Russian cares even less about the safety of his opponents. He’s had his controversial knee-to-knee hits, a dirty hit on Daniel Briere a few years back and now this.
So, the question is: will the league consider suspending one of its biggest stars? Are they going to say that he’s “not a repeat offender” again? Could the boarding penalty be considered “good enough”? Or, finally, was the hit simply not that bad at all?
Let us know how you feel about the situation.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.