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On Finishing Checks Post Ovechkin/Campbell

Truth is the Ovechkin hit on Campbell, or some form of it, happens in almost every game, but if there's no injury, there's no penalty.-@TSNBobMcKenzie via web

 

Do you guys honestly think that Ovechkin hit happens every game? Look at the force with which he heaves a player from behind into the end boards… that’s not a common occurrence.

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by James Mirtle on Mar 16, 2010 2:11 PM EDT 

 

Yes James, I do...and in the first period of tonight's game, we saw one of those plays at least twice. The second time I noticed it, I paused my DVR, took out the old moderately intelligent phone and snapped a couple photos to share. 

 

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Shaone Morrisonn is chasing a puck back towards the net, with Florida Panther forward Michal Repik in hot pursuit

 

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Morrisonn goes to play the puck and Repik finishes his check.....from behind. 

 

If Morissonn's skate hits a rut, he might end up in the same condition as Brian Campbell. If Morrisonn takes an unexpected  route towards the front of the net, he might end up in the same condition as Brian Campbell. Instead, Morrisonn does what usually happens on those kinds of plays and goes to the boards. You almost ALWAYS see a player go to the boards or behind the net.

 

The purpose of this FanPost was not to cast blame on Brian Campbell for his injury. My only point is that Ovechkin was simply doing what every hockey player is taught to do. Skate hard, and finish your checks. This is something you see game in, game out, without incident.

Ovechkin/Campbell had an unexpected and unfortunate result and will be remembered for the rest of their careers and beyond. Morrisonn/Repik will be forgotten within a week by everyone who read this FanPost, and sooner by those who didn't. They both began as common hockey plays, if only they both had ended as one. 

If this FanPost is written by someone other than one of the blog's editors, the opinions expressed in it do not necessarily reflect those of this blog or SB Nation.

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