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Two more nasty plays mar Sunday's games

Calling Colin Campbell! Calling Colin Campbell! Are you going to do anything today? The NHL's discipline czar has a pretty busy Monday at hand after two plays Sunday featuring the game's biggest stars.

First was the cheap shot Alexander Ovechkin leveled on old friend Brian Campbell in the NBC game in Chicago. It was a blatant push from behind into the end boards and Ovie got a game misconduct for it. Since Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke got nothing because there was no penalty on his now-infamous hit against Marc Savard, gotta believe Ovechkin is getting a couple games here. And star or not, Ovechkin is a repeat offender. And there's this: The word coming out of Chicago is that Campbell may have major collarbone and rib damage and could be done for at least the rest of the regular season.

Then we had a disgraceful display later in the day by Tampa Bay's Steve Downie, a noted hack, against Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. Check out this gruesome one and see how oddly Crosby's knee contorts. Amazing he was able to return to the game. Let's see if Downie gets the book thrown at him for going after a star. Memo to Colin Campbell: The Bruins might have similar plans for Crosby come Thursday night in Beantown because you did nothing on the Savard play and they've been getting killed at home for not coming to Savard's defense.

Pretend you're Campbell and make a decision on these two plays here. Most of you would probably do a better job than he's been doing anyway.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

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