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Late in the third period, John Carlson caught Sidney Crosby with his head down, trying to control a bobbling puck in the neutral zone. Carly stepped up and put his shoulder into Crosby, sending the 2007 MVP careening hard into the ice and boards.

The Verizon Center crowd roared.

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In Alex Ovechkin’s opening shifts, he often likes to make his presence felt. Game One of Round Two was no exception.

Thirteen seconds after puck drop, Ovechkin railed Trevor Daley, knocking the defenseman into the boards. Daley then fell over like a bowling pin.

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The Capitals came out flying in the first period, and their captain led the way. Alex Ovechkin levied five huge hits in 6:02 of ice time. Thirty-one percent of the game’s first period hits were from the Russian machine alone.

His hardest body bam of the period was on Flyers center Ryan White. As White reeled in a loose puck along the boards, Ovechkin nailed him in the neutral zone. Ovechkin hit White so hard, the dude’s helmet spun around and covered his face.

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During the third period of Game One, Flyers forward Brayden Schenn dispensed several questionable hits. Schenn launched himself into Mike Richards along the boards, knocked Evgeny Kuznetsov head-first into the crossbar, and hit Karl Alzner after the game ended.

Saturday night, the Caps delivered some humble pie to Schenn. Alex Ovechkin checked the forward into the Flyers bench during the first period. Then John Carlson sent the dude flying when Schenn tried to light him up as he skated out from behind the net.

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In Game One, Brayden Schenn leaped off the ice to try and lay out Mike Richards. “It’s Game One,” Richards said to RMNB’s Chris Gordon. “You’re gonna have a chance to finish your check on him later on.”

Well, Richards didn’t have a chance to get Schenn back. But he did teach a lesson to Nick Cousins.

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The Capitals kind of stunk in the first ten minutes of Game Two. I was frustrated, you were frustrated, we were all frustrated. But then Alex Ovechkin let us know he was feeling that frustration too.

Now presenting: Alex Ovechkin checks Brayden Schenn into the bench.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has gone 30 minutes without a goal, so obviously he’s cranky. In the second, period, Ovi took that crankiness out on Philadelphia forward Sean Couturier.

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Tom Wilson’s Giant Hit on Nikita Zadorov

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With the Colorado Avalanche fighting for the final spot in the West and the Washington Capitals trying to get Braden Holtby his 47th win of the season, Friday’s late season game took on a furious pace, full of end-to-end action. The energetic play took a scary turn about five minutes into the second period when Tom Wilson unleashed an explosive hit on Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov.

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Saturday night in Boston, Dmitry Orlov welcomed recent call-up Noel Acciari to the NHL. Late in the third period, the 24-year-old Bruins forward tried to dump the puck into the Capitals zone and skate by Orlov. Orly had other plans however, stepping up and leveling Acciari.

The poor linesman, who was perched on top of the dasher boards, got deposited into the Caps bench and a player’s lap. Though I’m guessing there are worse things.

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Caps forward Tom Wilson, the man behind a million big hits, just leveled another player in the second period of Caps-Pens. The unlucky recipient of Tom’s beefaroni bodycheck was Pens defenseman Derrick Pouliot.

Wilson hit Pouliot so hard, Pouliot’s hair wanted to leave its owner’s helmet.

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