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It’s game seven. It’s do or die. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin isn’t going to stand idly by as his team’s season hangs in the balance.
With 11:38 left in the first period, Ovechkin stepped out on the ice for a shift, and it was inspiring. Ovechkin laid out three New York Rangers players with big hits and left the ice to a roaring standing ovation from the sold out Verizon Center crowd.
First, Ovi brutally knocked over Rangers defenseman John Moore in open ice.
Next, like a heat-seeking missile, Ovechkin crunches a leaning-over Ryan McDonagh in the shoulders, knocking him hard into the boards.
Finally, Ovi rattled Steve Eminger along the boards.
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All in all, Ovechkin was credited with seven hits in period one. The New York Rangers had 21 in total.