Alex Ovechkin doesn't plan on changing his ways

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For better or worse, Alex Ovechkin isn’t planning on changing the way
he plays, even after his second suspension this season for an illegal
hit. This latest transgression wasn’t brutal, but it was reckless, and
Ovechkin has been criticized his entire career for his sometimes over
the top play.

He’s the best player in the NHL. Why change now,
right?

Via
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post:

“No, I just, I know what guys can say: Maybe it was a good hit,
maybe it was a bad hit
.” Ovechkin said. “Everybody has his own
mind. And if you’re gonna listen to everybody, you’re gonna be just
crazy. You can kill yourself. And so I think it happens, and it’s pretty
sad [Brian Campbell] get hurt, but it’s life, it’s hockey.”

NBC Washington’s Dan Hellie than asked for the best piece of advice
he’s heard on this matter: “Don’t stop playing how you play,” Ovechkin
said.

Like I’ve said before, I have taken no sides
in the supposed Team Ovi vs. Team Crosby debate. I am not an Ovechkin
hater.

But saying that he doesn’t need to change his playing style is
borderline delusional. I can certainly understand his reasoning; he
hasn’t become the most exciting hockey player in the world by playing
timid or soft. But he says that he doesn’t want to hurt any one, yet
that is what is happening more and more often. The NHL is going to start
coming down harder on illegal hits.

I’m not saying he needs to
play any less energetic or physical, he just needs to play smarter
hockey.

That’s apparently not going to happen anytime soon. His
coach maintains the hit on Brian Campbell was just an unfortunate hockey
play that resulted in an injury; he’s certainly not encouraging his
star player to let up any.