While it appears that Alex Ovechkin is unharmed from his knee on knee with Matt Cooke, it would seem as though Cookie has attracted the attention of the NHL disciplinary committee for an "unrelated" hit. I know the NHL is very sensitive about "vigilante justice" ever since the Bertuzzi-Moore incident, but I personally believe that after Steckel's cheap hit on Crosby, Washington should be made to pay a price. I know Gandhi said "an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind", but Gandhi wasn't a hockey player.
In such a fast passed violent game, you need a deterrent that will actually protect the star players. Steckel should have been suspended 20 games or for the season. You can't tolerate those cheap blindside head shots against your super duper stars. Vigilante justice may lead to lawsuits, but if you send the message that if you viciously attack our star player you are jeopardizing the safety of your star player, that's a deterrent. I know the NHL does not want that to be league policy, but unless you suspend Steckel for the season without pay, it is the best way to protect your super stars.