A source confirmed late Sunday night that Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell suffered a broken collarbone when he was shoved into the boards from behind by Alex Ovechkin and likely would miss at least the rest of the regular season.
Ovechkin rammed a vulnerable Campbell into the boards at 12:16 of the first period and received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.
It was a needless shove by Ovechkin, who then did what he normally does after one of his reckless plays and claimed he was innocent of any wrongdoing.
I’ve watched the replay a dozen times and Ovechkin shoved Campbell hard into the boards from behind when such a play did not need to be made. Campbell was only a few feet from the boards with his back to Ovechkin and the puck was gone.
"I didn't think it had to be five minutes and a misconduct," Ovechkin said. "He just fell like that and it just happened.
"I thought it was going to be two minutes. I think it was a pretty good check. It was contact, but it was not a hard hit and nothing dangerous. I just a little push him, but it was just a moment in the game. He just fell bad. Every shift it happens, little pushes."
It was Ovechkin’s third game misconduct of the season, but there are no guarantees he’ll be suspended since they are in different categories.