During the Leafs’ 6-2 shellacking of the Caps Saturday, Alex Ovechkin and Leo Komarov were at each other’s throats. Late in the third period, the Russian machine appeared to finally exact some revenge.
Here’s two looks at the blindside hit.
And from the side.
Komarov would leave the game and not return.
Later during the evening, a few of our commenters asked if Ovechkin would potentially be suspended.
Except, wait a second, the hit doesn’t look at all intentional. And aren’t these guys like close, close friends?
Yes, Ian, great point. They are! Ovechkin, Komarov, and Nicklas Backstrom all played on the same line together with the KHL’s Moscow Dynamo during the lockout and they even won a championship together.
After the game, Ovechkin said to the media of the play, “To be honest, I don’t even try to hit him. [I] try to move away, but it is what it is.”
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Once Ovechkin was done with reporters, he went to the Leafs trainer’s room to find his fallen comrade. And that’s when Ovi continued his all-out assault… of love.
— Eric Prime (@PrimeSN590) November 30, 2014
So yeah. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t intentional. Bros don’t give other bros concussions.
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