Caps' Ovechkin hit with 2-game ban

December 02, 2009

Alex Ovechkin's latest on-ice indiscretion netted him a two-game suspension, a sore right knee and a new level of concern from his coach about his "pretty reckless" ways.

The league's reigning two-time MVP was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Tuesday for a knee-to-knee hit on defenseman Tim Gleason in Monday night's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Ovechkin's first NHL suspension will cost him $98,844.16 in salary. He'll sit out Thursday against the Panthers and Saturday in Philadelphia.

"I regret that this has happened," Ovechkin said in a statement released by the Capitals. "I'm glad that Tim wasn't injured because I never ever want to see anyone get hurt."

"He's pretty reckless," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's hard telling a guy that scores 60 goals a year to change the way he plays. I don't want to see him getting hurt."

•The Bruins signed forward Marc Savard, 32, to a seven-year contract extension worth $28.05 million, according to ESPN.com. ... The sale of the Canadiens was approved Tuesday, days before the team's 100th anniversary. The Molson family won approval from the NHL board of governors, becoming the fourth group of Molsons to own the club since the 1950s. The family reportedly paid $575 million for the franchise. ... Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo is expected to be sidelined eight to 12 weeks after his right leg was cut Monday by a skate and required surgery.

AP

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