After the Capitals fell behind 1-0 in the first period, Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren tried send a message early in the second, trying to level Alex Ovechkin in the Rangers’ defensive zone with a big open-ice hit. Ovi, who was attempting to create on a one-on-two, saw Lindgren coming and delivered a counter hit to Lindgren which broke the gr8’s stick in half. Both Lindgren and Ovechkin crumped to the ice after their bodies violently collided.
“It was a big battle,” Ovechkin said after the game to NBC Sports Washington. “It was the style of hockey I like.”