In the game’s final moment, Evgeny Kuznetsov wrecked Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Kris Versteeg at center ice with a legal shoulder check into the boards. (Let’s ignore the fact the referees called a boarding minor on Kuzy. They weren’t on their game tonight.)
Versteeg, probably already pissed that his team was getting outplayed, did not appreciate the hit. He decided to deliver some frontier justice. As Kuznetsov skated over, Versteeg swung his stick at Kuznetsov like he was trying to hit a game-winning homer. Tsk tsk.
In the education industry, they call this a “teachable moment.” Versteeg’s hockey professor was Alex Ovechkin.
First the hit.
And then the slash.
Ovechkin to Versteeg: don’t mess with my comrades.