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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three-on-three overtime was looking grim for the Capitals. Hemmed in the defensive zone for long while, the Caps were looking gassed. A Devils goal seemed inevitable.
And then Alex Ovechkin, seemingly annoyed he was still stuck on the ice, decided to level Jacob Josefson with an open-ice hit. It was about as powerful as the bodycheck Ovechkin leveled Jaromir Jagr with in the Olympics.
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