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Early in the first period, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin loaded-up for a gigantic hit on Tyler Ennis at center ice. Unfortunately for the Russian machine, center Nicklas Backstrom was defending Ennis too, which allowed Ovechkin to merely deliver a glancing blow to the Sabres forward.

With all that momentum, something had to absorb the Russianness. That something ended up being the side boards. Without any glass, Ovechkin flipped heels-over-head. He was lucky to grab ahold of the dasher boards before doing a complete 360.

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Like a throaty rock vocalist, Tom Wilson‘s been going balls-to-the-walls lately. The human bowling ball knocked over two guys on the same hit on Saturday. Tuesday against the Coyotes, Wilson established his physical game early, distributing two big hits on the same shift. The Big Stamos is feeling it.

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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has done it again. Remember last year, when Wilson knocked over three Columbus Blue Jackets players like they were bowling balls? Tonight, he laid out Alex Steen and his own teammate, Matt Niskanen, with a single hit.

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Calgary Flames center Lance Bouma looked to lower the boom on fourth-line enforcer Michael Latta early in the first period on Tuesday. Instead of hitting Latta, Bouma nearly went head-over-heels into his own bench.

Whoops!

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Jason Chimera’s Grotesquely Broken Nose

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Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera went for a big offensive zone hit on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. Smith however, noticed the hard-charging Chimera coming and leaned into him with his shoulder. Chimmer fell over hard, then made his way to the bench.

When NBCSN cameras caught him with trainer Greg Smith, we were met with the most brokenest nose in the history of broken noses.

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Over the offeseason, the Washington Capitals backed up a Brinks truck to Brooks Oprik’s driveway because of his physical game. So far this season, Orpik has delivered. On opening night, CSN Washington called the former Penguin the player of the game for all his big body checks. And Saturday night in Calgary, Orpik went on a hitting bonanza.

Orpik led all skaters with 10 hits. Late in the second period, the Caps defenseman made professional hockey player Josh Jooris wish he were a Mexico City sewer diver instead.

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Alex Ovechkin Accidentally Checks Official (GIF)

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a league leader in hits. He got his physical game going early on Saturday night. Eighteen seconds into the contest, he levied his first body check, but it wasn’t against a Flames player. It was on the referee.

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For three seasons, Matt Hendricks gave his heart and soul to the Washington Capitals. There were big hits, paralyzing shootout goals, and fights. Lots and lots of fights. When Hendricks’ contract ran out in 2013, he signed a new one, a large one, with Nashville– then bounced around until he found a home in Edmonton.

On Wednesday, in what was the weirdest moment of the night so far, Hendricks checked two (2!) guys at the same time, Michael Latta and an Edmonton teammate. Hendricks was then forced to drop the gloves with first-year Caps forward Liam O’Brien.

Perhaps an awkward moment for Caps fans?

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Alex Ovechkin Crushing Dudes (GIFs)

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This offseason felt particularly long, so I smiled extra wide on Thursday as I watched Alex Ovechkin crush Montreal Canadiens left and right. While Ovechkin didn’t score in the shootout loss, he did finish the night with six hits, tied with Brooks Orpik for the most among all skaters.

My favorite hit was Ovechkin leveling left wing Jiri Sekac. The Czech was playing in just his second career NHL game. This had to hurt.

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Over the offseason, Brooks Orpik signed what many thought to be the worst contract of free agency– a five-year, $27 million deal that ends when he’s approximately 84. After months of kind of bummer analysis (even from us), the former Penguin jumped on the ice tonight for the first time as a Capital and he was noticeable– in a lot of different ways.

First, let’s see the hits because you guys want to see the hits.

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