Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has one of the hardest shots in the NHL. Usually the pucks Ovi shoots hit the back of the net. But sometimes they don’t — especially due the huge curve he has on his stick — and those wild pucks can do some serious damage.
That’s what happened on Saturday night against the Isles, when Ovi’s shot eluded Evgeni Nabokov, rang off the post, and hit defenseman Calvin de Haan square in the chest.
It appears the post did not slow the puck’s velocity down. At. All.
Ouch. Poor guy.
Update: The Washington Post’s Katie Carrera tells us that de Haan was injured earlier in the shift after a hard Alex Ovechkin check into the boards.
@russianmachine Ovechkin sent deHaan into the boards hard/awkwardly earlier on that shift. He couldn’t stand before the shot.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) April 6, 2014