Penguins defenseman Michalek pleased with NHL's decisions

| Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek is thankful he wasn't suspended for elbowing Washington's Matt Hendricks. He also was appreciative that the NHL suspended Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin three games for his hit against Michalek during the second period of Sunday's game.

"I think it was a dirty play," Michalek said.

This is the third time Ovechkin has been suspended. Ovechkin left his feet to deliver the hit, and his left arm made clear contact with Michalek's head.

No penalty was called on the play.

"After I saw it after the game," Michalek said, "you know, he took advantage of me being in a vulnerable position. He hit me hard. I couldn't defend myself. He didn't have to leave his feet. That's another thing. I don't mind getting hit, but when you leave your feet, that's not fair. I'm glad the league took action."

Michalek missed time with a concussion earlier this season.

Although he did have a hearing with the league Monday, Michalek was not disciplined.

"Of course, I was worried about that," Michalek said.

"Those (hearings) can go either way. It's the league's call. I was really happy. Maybe it helped me that I've not had those problems in the past. But I've got to be careful from now on. I'm probably on their radar now."

> > Coach Dan Bylsma said center Sidney Crosby remains in California, where he has been working with spinal specialist Dr. Robert S. Bray. Bylsma revealed no medical revelations, saying only, "Not a timetable because it's possible he could stay there for a little bit of a break as well. Not a definitive day for him to come back to Pittsburgh, because he'll be staying on the beach for a little bit."

> > Left wing Steve MacIntyre was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and inserted into the lineup ahead of left wing Eric Tangradi, who was a healthy scratch.

> > Center Joe Vitale, playing in his native St. Louis for the first time, received a heavy dose of media attention Tuesday.

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