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‘It’s just a hockey play,’ says Ovechkin of his boarding major on Miller

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The Washington Capitals came away with a 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, but a boarding major called against Alex Ovechkin is garnering plenty of post-game reaction.

Ovechkin was assessed the penalty for a hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller in the second period. The Capitals star was not assessed a game misconduct, while Miller left the game and didn’t return.

“I don’t like seeing those hits. If it’s five for boarding, it kind of shows the severity of it, and I’m disappointed that our player wasn’t able to come back, and who knows, if it’s somebody else [besides Ovechkin], is it a game? You guys can answer that question yourselves,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, as per CSNNE.com.

Ovechkin, who added an assist on Washington’s first goal of the night, scored by Karl Alzner after the major penalty, doesn’t believe the hit is worthy of further discipline from the league.

“Oh, it’s just a hockey play,” said Ovechkin, as per 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 a hit. At least, I told the referee I didn’t try to go through him or something, just trying to pin him.”

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

 

 

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (upper-body injury) leaves game versus Sharks

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Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin has left Saturday’s game versus the San Jose Sharks with an upper-body injury and will not return, the team stated on Twitter.

Sedin was hit hard into the boards by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns in the first period. He was slow to get up but did remain in the game at least for a few more minutes.

He didn’t emerge with the rest of his teammates to begin the second period.

Any prolonged absence from the lineup would be a big loss for the rebuilding Canucks. For starters, Henrik and twin brother Daniel Sedin are the leaders on what has become a young team in Vancouver.

Henrik, the Canucks’ No. 1 center, is also second on the team in points with 48 in 57 games entering Saturday’s contest.

Video: Killorn goes end-to-end for OT winner, Bolts win ninth straight

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Alex Killorn scored the winning goal in style for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Facing the Carolina Hurricanes and tied three goals apiece in overtime, Killorn took the puck from near his own goal line, sped up the right side of the ice and beat forward Joakim Nordstrom with a power move to the net before out-waiting goalie Eddie Lack and going top corner.

Game over. The Lightning earned a 4-3 victory. It’s also Tampa Bay’s ninth consecutive win.

As a result of this recent hot streak, the Bolts move into top spot in the Atlantic Division, two points up on the Florida Panthers — at least for right now.

The Panthers are currently playing the Arizona Coyotes.

Report: Jets to host Oilers in 2016 Heritage Classic

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(AP) A person involved in the decision tells The Associated Press that the NHL will announce a Heritage Classic outdoor game between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers at a news conference on Sunday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the event had not been officially announced.

The Jets are expected to host the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field, home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Winnipeg had been scheduled to host an outdoor game during the 2015-16 season, but the NHL couldn’t come to an agreement with the Blue Bombers.

This will be the fourth Heritage Classic and first since the Vancouver Canucks hosted the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in March 2014.

Video: Ovechkin given boarding major for hit from behind on Bruins’ Miller

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was given a major penalty for boarding after he hit Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller from behind during the second period Saturday.

The incident occurred as Miller came off the blue line and pinched down along the boards to keep the puck in the Washington zone.

Ovechkin didn’t receive a game misconduct, while Miller left the game and hasn’t returned.

According to Rule 41.5 (Boarding – Game Misconduct Penalty) of the NHL rulebook, “When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.”