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12/3/2006 1:01:12 PM

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals can breathe a sigh of relief, as it appears the star forward will be not attend any hearings nor face a suspension for his hit on Buffalo's Daniel Briere on Saturday night.

Sources tell TSN that Ovechkin may be fined for his actions, which earned him a five-minute major and a game misconduct in Washington's 7-4 victory over Buffalo. He was tossed late in the second period, just after scoring his 17th goal of the season. Buffalo's Paul Gaustad pummelled Ovechkin, who didn't throw a punch in retaliation.

"He got turned around and I hit him," Ovechkin said Saturday. "I didn't want to give him some injury. It was an accident."

Ovechkin drew an automatic US $100 fine for the hit.

"He was behind me - I couldn't see it," Briere added after the game. "The puck was going deep and I was going for a (line) change. It was definitely late and from behind. It's tough to say whether he deserves a suspension."

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