Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin delivered one of the biggest hits of his career Thursday against the United States.
Ovechkin deposited Brady Skjei into Russia’s bench with a monster check.
A Russian YouTube of the bodycheck has gone viral, garnering over one million views in just a little over 24 hours.
The hit happened with 12:25 remaining in the third period of the World Championship quarterfinals.
The force of Ovechkin’s hit was so great that the momentum of it sent Skjei up and over the boards. As Skjei held on to the dasher boards for dear life, he flipped upside down and landed head first on the floor of the bench.
If you pause the video, it looks like Skjei’s doing a headstand.
“Brady Skjei sitting in the Russian bench,” the IIHF color commentator said on the live feed. “He got upended into the bench!!”
Thankfully, Skjei would get up seconds later and be okay.
But this photo from Team Russia says it all. Holy moly.
Photo: Russian Hockey Federation
Ovechkin has leveled several huge hits in the tournament so far, including this huge hit on a Latvian defenseman behind the net.
Ovi only has two goals so far but he’s making his impact felt every shift, like usual.