Sources tell sportsnet.ca that Alex Ovechkin will avoid suspension for his last minute slew-foot on Atlanta Thrashers forward Rich Peverley.
It is expected the league will fine the superstar for his actions.
Ovechkin received a two minute tripping penalty on the play, which occurred in the final minute of Washington's 5-4 win, but a review showed it was in fact a slew-foot attempt.
Earlier this week Anaheim's Evgeny Artyukhin received a three-game suspension for a slew-foot on Dallas' Matt Niskanen, who is listed day-to-day with a head injury.
Well, what can you say? It was accidental and that's why there won't be any suspension. You could tell it by Ovechkin's reaction to the penalty.
And the fine is like a penalty for an accidental high-stick, everybody saw it was accidental, but you still get a penalty.
Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Insider:
Sources have told me that Alex Ovechkin has been fined by the NHL for his slew foot of Atlanta's Rich Peverley in the closing seconds of Thursday night's 5-4 victory over the Thrashers at Philips Arena.
Ovechkin was docked the collective bargaining agreement maximum of $2,500. The two-time MVP will not face a suspension, the sources said, because the puck was in the area, it was a close game and Ovechkin did not appear to intend to injure Peverley.
Video from TSN.CA: Darren Dreger and Gino Reda discuss why Alex Ovechkin will not be suspended for his slew-foot.
"It is unfair to draw any parallels [about the two slew-foot incidents] other than the players that [Ovechkin and Artyukhin] tripped both fell down," Campbell told NHL.com. "Artyukhin was suspended [for two games] last season for a kneeing incident in which a player was injured. He was also fined during this preseason for slew-footing a player who didn't have the puck. Fast forward three weeks, he, in our opinion, did slew-foot Matt Niskanen, causing Niskanen's skates to fly up well above the boards and half up the glass. It resulted in an injury for Niskanen and he has missed one game so far."
In contrast, Campbell said, Ovechkin is "not a repeat offender" and he was pushing the player's feet out trying to get the puck late in a close game. There was no injury to Peverley.
"We categorize that as a hockey play, but it is dangerous and that is why we fined him," explained Campbell. "And we still don't like either play."