Why Alexander Ovechkin’s Hit Was Cheap
What follows is a clear sequence of photos showing how Alexander Ovechkin’s hit on Brian Campbell on Sunday was cheap.
Here you can clearly see Ovechkin beginning his pursuit of "the puck." Campbell clearly has a better line at the puck.
In the next shot, Ovechkin has cleared the blue line but is still clearly not going to reach the puck before Campbell.
In this shot, Ovechkin has lowered his torso and is in a rushing position, not a position that intends to "chase a puck."
Here, you can see Ovechkin's stick at his waist. Campbell is about to reach the puck, Ovechkin is at the inside top of the circle, and he is already preparing for impact.
PART ONE: Contact with the puck. Notice how far the players are from the blue line.
PART TWO: What we've circled here is the puck. It's GONE. The puck is no longer in play at this point.
The puck is already gone, and Ovechkin has started to make contact with the back of Brian Campbell here. Again, notice where they are in relation to the blue line.
Boxed here is Ovechkin's arms making contact with Campbell's back and left shoulder. Look at where their legs are in relation to the line now.
Now look at where the two players are. Ovechkin's arms are FULLY EXTENDED, they have now skated through the line and he is forcing Campbell, WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE PUCK, into the boards.
Troy Brouwer doesn't have any flowers, but he's asking Ovechkin if he wants to dance.
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