I can't watch Youtube at work so I will have to wait until tommorow for my judgement. I must say on first impression though - cheap shots in the NHL is almost an oxymoron. It would take something that looked like he absolutely tried to end his career to make me think ill of Ovechkin.
Looking at it, it wasn't that bad. In fact, it didn't even look like Ovechkin really meant to do it at all, the play had stopped and he sideswiped him, not even that hard. Briere didn't expect it and he fell and fell into the Sabres door.
Worth a penalty box visit but nothing more. Officials overreacted.
Ovechkin isn't an a-hole for this. If he really meant injury and malice I am sure he would of whooped up during the fight but he didn't throw one punch. What would be the point anyways? Caps were handing it to the Sabres 4-1 at that point.
Just overreaction by officials and our resident Ranger's fan. :wink: