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Reports: Hawks' Campbell out for season?

Monday, 03.15.2010 / 8:58 AM / News

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Reports: Hawks' Campbell out for season?
According to multiple media outlets, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell could miss the rest of the season due to injuries suffered when he was shoved into the boards by Washington's Alex Ovechkin on Sunday.
According to multiple media outlets, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell could miss the rest of the season due to injuries suffered when he was shoved into the boards by Washington's Alex Ovechkin on Sunday.

With 7:44 remaining in the first period of Sunday's game, Ovechkin was pursuing Campbell, who was racing after a puck in the Chicago end. Ovechkin appeared to shove Campbell from behind, and the Chicago defenseman lost his balance and fell hard into the end boards.

Published reports list his injuries as a broken collarbone and broken ribs.

The Blackhawks only said Campbell has an upper-body injury, but according to coach Joel Quenneville, "(Campbell) is going to be out for a bit."

Ovechkin was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit. It's his third game misconduct of the season.

Ovechkin said Sunday he didn't feel the hit warranted any further discipline.

"It was not a hard hit," he told reporters. "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."

Campbell's defense partner, Niklas Hjalmarsson, however, disagreed. "I thought it was a late hit," he told The Chicago Tribune. "That's the kind of situation you really hurt yourself. I hope they take a good look at that hit and suspend him for a couple of games."

Washington rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 4-3 in overtime.
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