Are you drunk? Ovechkin slams refs for missing Neil headshot

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin wasn't happy that the refs missed a headshot on him by...

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin wasn't happy that the refs missed a headshot on him by Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil. (Reuters)

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is suggesting the refs may have broken into the bubbly before his club’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

The Caps captain was none too pleased a headshot from Chris Neil went unpenalized Monday.

“Four guys out there didn’t do their job, maybe they decided to celebrate New Year’s too early right before the game and they didn’t see the headshot (from) Neil against me,” Ovechkin told the Washington Post.

“He fell on the ice, it was kind of embarrassing to see.”

Neil delivered a high hit to Ovechkin midway through the first period. Ovechkin appeared unfazed while Neil fell to the ice with a lower-body injury.

“I saw him, I felt like he (was) going to hit me shoulder to shoulder. I was ready for it but he hit right in my head, right in my chin,” Ovechkin said. “I asked the referee, 'Why you didn’t see it?’ He was two feet from me he said ‘I didn’t see it’. The league tries to fight through (headshots) but I think the referee didn’t see it at all.

“I step in there, come up from the corner and he just hit me straight up in the chin. It was, I think, a bad hit and I think league will have to look at it.”


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