Updated: Ovechkin suspended two games; Teammate says the star winger needs to be more careful

Updated: TSN is reporting that Alexander Ovechkin has been suspended for two games.
Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin had a disciplinary hearing this afternoon with NHL officials.
Ovechkin was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks after hitting Brian Campbell from behind in what has likely ended Campbell’s season as the veteran defenseman suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs and a concussion..
Ovechkin felt his hit on Campbell was not dirty but a well respected veteran in the Capitals locker room believes Ovechkin needs to be more careful.
“He has the reputation that he plays hard,” veteran forward Mike Knuble told the Washington Post. “But things seem to be happening around him. You would like to see him being more careful because, number one, you don’t want to see him hurt himself and, number two, so he doesn’t miss games, for our benefit.”
However, Knuble did not express concern for other players getting hurt due to Ovechkin’s reckless play.
Knuble told the Washington media today that has spoken to Ovechkin the past about being more careful.
“There was something in the corner with maybe five minutes left,” Knuble said. “[Ovechkin] kind of went at a guy. [The score] was 6-1. I was kind of like, ‘Slow down a bit, just for your own sake. You don’t need to accidentally catch your knee on somebody.”

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