Elite goal-scorer Alex Ovechkin has never shied away from throwing his body around.
We learned during his time with Russia during the World Juniors many years ago that Ovi was not only an elite sniper but a solid body checker.
Last night in Washington’s tilt against the Vegas Golden Knights, Ovechkin lambasted Tomas Nosek.
Alex Ovechkin's greatest hits. Volume 5
— Michael Marzzacco (@Marswaggo) December 5, 2018
Tomas Nosek is on the Vegas bench checking to make sure he has all this teeth following hit from Alex Ovechkin.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 5, 2018
Alex Ovechkin laid a perfect hit tonight. Look for it because my god, it was a work of art.
— Santa Clawson (@Clawson923) December 5, 2018
Good to see that Tomas Nosek is not only alive, but getting involved on an odd-man rush after Ovechkin's monster (and clean) hit. pic.twitter.com/1LSHoKoVTA
— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) December 5, 2018
Ovechkin caught Nosek receiving the puck with his head down. When Nosek looked up, he was met with the frame of Ovechkin.
It was a simple, clean open-ice hit that sent Nosek’s stick flying. Nosek was visibly shaken up, despite being able to return to his feet seconds after being dropped.
As I mentioned, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ovechkin throws his weight around. Ovi has 85 hits at even-strength this season and has totalled over 2300 hits in his career!