Alex Ovechkin Takes Brutal High Stick, Bleeds (GIFs)


A few minutes into the first period of the Kraft Hockeyville game in Belleville, Ontario, Washington Capitals fans saw something they did not want to see: reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin crumpled on the ice in pain.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot caught Ovechkin in the face with a high stick as the Capitals captain skated through the neutral zone. The blade of Chiarot’s stick then got caught under Ovechkin’s shield and fell with Ovechkin to the ice. Ovi immediately skated off the ice bleeding from his nose and lip. Chiarot was given a double minor for high-sticking.

Ovechkin came back to the ice less than 10 minutes later. Russian machine never breaks. Oh, you didn’t know?

But that’s literally the exact opposite of what the face shield was designed to do. Kinda dark GIFs below from me and my DVR.




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  • M. Milbury

    Should have been given two for diving.

  • Rosie

    How do you “like” a story about our favorite getting whacked in the chops? Glad he is OK.

  • The Mole

    I love that regulars play preseason games, but this makes me cringe. Especially after seeing what happened to Berard, Pronger and Staal.

  • Pat Magee

    I was horrified.

  • I’ll work on making lighter GIFs. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME.

  • yv

    Cant believe it is hockey, at-last! And poor Maria!

  • OlietheGoalie

    RMNB. Ever.

  • Jeff See

    good job either way, thanks for posting two angles!

  • Sam

    Same play to Nutpunch would have him out of action for a month.

  • bskillet

    The worst part of pre season games and playing guys we know are in the lineup Oct. 1st, glad he’s ok and we would have come away with 2 points. Galiev probably the best guy on the ice last night.