Regardless of whether or not Alex Ovechkin is punished for his latest hit, the victim of the check may be done for the season.
ESPN.com is reporting that Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brian Campbell may miss the remainder of the season due to a broken clavicle and ribs suffered when he was driven into the boards from behind by the Washington Capitals' superstar on Sunday.
Campbell remained on the ice for several minutes before being helped to the dressing room by trainers. Ovechkin received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct on the play.
While Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenville did not confirm that Campbell's season was over, he did expect to be without his blueliner for an extended period of time.
"[Campbell] is going to be out for a bit," Quenville said following the game. "It was a tough hit, a dangerous hit."
Despite this being Ovechkin's third game misconduct this season, he will not be suspended because the penalties were not assessed for the same infraction. His last game misconduct was handed out for a knee-on-knee hit on Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Also, he has been cleared for his last game misconduct for boarding because it was assessed more than 41 games ago.
Ovechkin defended his actions by stating he did not feel it was a dirty hit.
"It was not a hard hit," Ovechkin said. "I just wanted to push him. It's just a moment in the game. I don't think it has to be five minutes or something like that. I just felt bad."