Kevan Miller sent to hospital after questionable Ovechkin hit
“I don’t like seeing those hits. If it’s five for boarding, it kind of shows the severity of it, and I’m disappointed that our player wasn’t able to come back, and who knows, if it’s somebody else, is it a game? You guys can answer that question yourselves,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after seeing NHL star Alex Ovechkin earn just a five-minute major for a hit that knocked Kevan Miller out of the game.
Playing the puck along the boards in his own end, Miller turned face-first towards to the boards to help stop the puck when he was buried into the boards by Ovechkin. The league’s leading scorer was given just a major for his hit but probably should have gotten more.
The Department of Player Safety will be looking into this one per CSNNE’S Joe Haggerty.
The @NHLPlayerSafety is reviewing the Alex Ovechkin boarding hit on Kevan Miller that sent him to the hospital
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) March 6, 2016
“Oh, it’s just a hockey play. I tried to, kind of like – I don’t try to hit him,” said Ovechkin, who picked up an assist in the overtime victory. “I didn’t see a replay, but my motion was not like try to head-hunt. I just try to play the puck, and he kind of turned and there was a hit. At least I told the referee I didn’t try to go through him or something, just trying to pin him.”
At the time Julien met with the media following the contest, he was unsure on the status of Miller. But shortly after his postgame press conference, the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin confirmed Miller was taken to a local hospital.
Kevan Miller did, in fact, go to the hospital after the hit from Ovechkin.
— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) March 6, 2016
Miller seemed to be favoring his shoulder when he left the ice, the same shoulder that he had surgery on a season ago.
All too often in recent years, the Bruins have had to adjust on the fly when a player goes down with a mid-game injury. Dennis Seidenberg never wants to see a teammate injured, but the veteran doesn’t mind the extra playing time.
“I mean, obviously losing a guy is always tough, but we all like playing a lot of minutes and that’s what happens,” Seidenberg said. “So, you just have to deal with it and just roll the guys you have and that’s what we did.”
Just as Miller was starting to turn a corner on what has been a season to forget, this happens. Miller’s status for the Bruins big two-game swing through Florida is unknown. The Bruins do not practice Sunday before heading down to the Sunshine State.