Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is the captain of his team, and the unquestioned leader. He truly can do it all — score, set up and hit.
There was a time early in his career when Ovie was criticized for not being physical enough, and for being more of a finesse player, but that is clearly a thing of the past. He now no longer shies away from contact, but rather embraces it.
Poor Andrei Svechnikov learned that lesson the hard way during Game 3 of the Capitals-Hurricanes playoff series at PNC Arena. The two bumped into each other at one point in the first period of Monday’s game, and Svechnikov then threw a punch at Ovechkin. That wasn’t a wise idea, as Ovie came back with a flurry of rights, including one punch that knocked out Svechnikov, which resulted in him hitting the ice and laying there for a moment.