Alex Ovechkin recieved a five-minute major for boarding against the Boston Bruins Saturday night when he hit Kevan Miller from behind. He remained in the game and recorded an assist on a second period goal, but some wondered if Ovechkin should have been tossed for the hit.
Count Bruins coach Claude Julien as one who (likely) thinks Ovechkin should have been given the boot.
Claude Julien on Ovie hit on Miller: "If it's anybody else (but Ovechkin) is it a game (misconduct)?"
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) March 6, 2016
Miller, who’s had shoulder injuries in the past, immediately left the ice in distress and appeared to collapse in pain after leaving the ice. After the game, it was confirmed by reporters that he went to a local hospital.
On the other hand, Ovechkin called the hit “a hockey play” and suggested the referee who called the penalty didn’t think it was especially egregious either.
Ovechkin on the boarding penalty: "Even the referee said I get five minutes because I was heavier than him."
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) March 6, 2016
To measure them up, Ovechkin stands 6-foot-3, 239 pounds, while Miller is 6-foot-2, 210 pounds.
What do you think of Ovechkin’s hit?