Alex Ovechkin didn’t have any offense in a chippy first period, so he had to settle for hockey-murdering Jake Gardiner.
Put another way: if you can’t beat ’em, literally beat ’em.
Thirteen minutes into first, Ovechkin chased the puck behind the Toronto net. Jake Gardiner lined up to stop him and — well, he probably regrets it now.
Here comes the boom.
Gardiner flew like a ragdoll across the ice.
This was Ovi’s third hit of the young game. The first two came against Nikita Zaitsev.
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