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Should Alexander Ovechkin's spear prompt the NHL to take action?

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Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean says he hopes the NHL will review a play in his team's game against the Washington Capitals Wednesday night where Washington captain Alexander Ovechkin appeared to spear an Ottawa player.

The incident occurred after Ottawa's Chris Neil delivered a hard hit to Ovechkin in the Washington zone. As the play moved to the other end, Ovechkin skated by Neil and appeared to spear him in the midsection with his stick.

Neil went down to the ice, and the referee penalized him for diving. Neil immediately went to the dressing room and his penalty was served by another player. The play prompted immediate reaction from fans on Twitter.

After the game, Neil said the spear felt like a "pitchfork in the gut." MacLean said Ovechkin's actions were a "deliberate intent to injure" and that he hoped the league would review the play. 

"All I know is Chris Neil delivered a good clean hit and they both came up the ice and obviously Ovechkin didn't like it and showed his displeasure by spearing him," MacLean said. "You're really not supposed to spear somebody. It's a pretty dangerous play."

Although Ovechkin was not penalized on the play, there is precedent for the league taking disciplinary action against a player who didn't take a penalty.

The Montreal Canadien's Max Pacioretty was suspended for three games for a hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang that broke Letang's nose. Although Pacioretty was not served a penalty on the play, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said Pacioretty targeted Letang's head in the hit.



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