Alex Ovechkin Injures Gonchar; Was The Hit Dirty?

In one of the most controversial plays of the NHL playoffs last night, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin made a knee-to-knee collision with Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar went flying and had to be helped off the ice, while Ovechkin earned a two-minute minor penalty.

Gonchar Injury
(Gonchar, seen here not enjoying having experienced the equivalent of getting hit in the knee with a baseball bat while skating.)

The controversy comes because Gonchar’s definitely out for today’s game against Pittsburgh (remember, they’re playing two games in a row on account of Yanni)… and, according to TSN, probably long enough to miss the rest of the playoffs. Ovechkin avoided suspension, but should he have? Judge for yourself with the video after the jump: Read more…