'…it's pretty easy to speculate why Ovechkin was not given a suspension. He happens to be one of the best players in the league and perhaps the only reason to watch the Capitals play. Consider, alternatively, the penalty the hit would have received had the player making it been a stiff like, say, Scott Nichol of the Nashville Predators. Funny how he got nine games for his sucker punch but Ovechkin got nothing for an illegal play that could have been equally devastating to the player on the receiving end.'
The Sabres Report - December 30, 2006