By now, you've probably seen or at least heard about Alex Ovechkin's hit on Brian Campbell. Now word has come out that Brian Campbell suffered a broken rib, broken collarbone and a 2nd degree concussion on the play. Campbell was in a prone position when Ovechkin hit him (and if you watch the replay, the hit is much more than "just a push" like Ovechkin said to the press today); now the question is whether or not it's a suspendable offense.
Now here's Ovechkin's hit. For better or worse, try to ignore who it actually is and look at an objective comparison to the Lapierre hit.
For my money, there's a greater break between when Nichol let go of the puck and Lapierre hit him versus when Campbell let go of the puck and Ovechkin hit him. Still, it's a dangerous play and a prime example of stuff that comes down to the lack-of-respect factor that so many recently retired players remark on these days.You could cite Cooke's history as a contributing factor, but Ovechkin's no angel either.
If all things were equal (and I think we've proven that they're not), I'd say Ovechkin deserves two games for this. I'm betting he won't get any. What would your call be?