Early in Game Five, Leafs forward Nazem Kadri clipped Alex Ovechkin in the leg, sending the Ovechkin tumbling to the ice. For a moment fans worried if Ovechkin’s season were over, but the future Hall of Famer returned for the start of the next period, unfazed.
Ovechkin landed a big hit on Jake Gardiner. Later he jabbed Kadri, as if to say, you made a big mistake for messing with me. In Game Six, Ovechkin’s bullying of Kadri concluded as he suplexed and flipped the center late in the second period.
Ovechkin went to one knee as he forechecked for the puck.
Kadri mounted him.
This, Ovechkin probably thought, was the perfect time for a a power move from a squat position. Ovechkin lifted Kadri into the air and flipped him onto the ice.
It’s like how Washington won the series. The Leafs gave the Caps their best shot, the Caps took it and gave back an even more punishing shot of their own.
These are not your mentally fragile Capitals of the past. They’re here to win, they will break you if you get in their way.