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      Alexander Ovechkin skipping NHL All-Star Game

      Ovechkin was suspended for his hit on Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

      ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Alex Ovechkin is skipping the NHL All-Star game, announcing that decision a day after getting a three-game suspension from the league for a hit on an opponent.

      The Washington Capitals' captain is a two-time league MVP.

      He was suspended for launching himself to hit Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek during Washington's 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins on Sunday. No penalty was assessed on the play.

      Ovechkin had a goal and two assists in the game for Washington, which trails Florida by one point in the Southeast Division. He will eligible to return on Feb. 4 against Montreal.

      Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ovechkin will forfeit more than $150,000.