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What happens if you check Alex Ovechkin

(By Elise Amendola - AP)

About seven minutes into the third period Tuesday night, Bruins rookie defenseman Johnny Boychuk had the temerity to hit Alex Ovechkin and knock the MVP onto the ice. The Boston fans stood and cheered.

In the next 30 seconds, Ovechkin launched three hits of his own onto Boychuk, eventually leaving the rookie on the ice in almost the exact same spot. It was humorous, if nothing else, and just about every Boston media outlet mentioned the exchange. D.C. Landing Strip brilliantly pulled the video (embedded below); here's a play-by-play.

At 14:01, the two men are racing after the puck as Boychuk muscles Ovechkin out of the way.

"Bum-rushed by Boychuk heavily into the boards," Joe B. said during the CSN broadcast.

"I don't think he expected me to be as solid as I am," Boychuk later told WEEI.

Ovechkin briefly hits the deck, and wobbles to his feet after a second or two. Fans in the section stand and pound on the glass, roaring their approval.

"The building erupts," narrates the NESN live blog. "This crowd is still very much in this one. As another note, Ovechkin has been getting the Chara-in-Montreal treatment all night, getting booed whenever he touches the puck."

Ovechkin re-enters the play, which remains in the Boston zone. Fans still pounding the glass and making noise.

It takes 17 seconds from the original contact for Ovechkin to find Boychuk and put their bodies into contact again. Maybe he was just lonely. Or maybe he had a chill and needed to work up a sweat. Or maybe he had forgotten to congratulate Boychuk for making it to the big leagues.

"Ovechkin did have four hits, several of which came on runs at Johnny Boychuk after the young Bruins defenseman had dared to dish out a hit of his own on the Caps star," the Black and Gold Blog writes.

"Ovechkin looks for a pound of flesh of his own," is how Joe B. put it.

"And again," Beninati says, all of six seconds later.

"Alex Ovechkin AGAIN adding to his hit total," Beninati says, let's see, three seconds later. This time, presumably, Ovechkin had forgotten to whisper to Boychuk his mama's recipe for Pelmeni.

"Great back-and-forth between Alex Ovechkin and Johnny Boychuk," the Globe puts it. "Rocking on both sides."

"He's very thick," Boychuk later says. "You can't always tell when you see on the ice sometimes because he's such a good goal-scorer, but he's very strong....I'm lucky I had my head up for every hit."

And now, with Boychuk on the ice, a kid in an Ovechkin jersey stands and pounds the boards. Craig Laughlin has dissolved into laughter in the booth.

"You're gonna hit me, Johnny Boychuk, I'm coming right back at you, many times over," Beninati says.

"Great little exchange of body checks between Alex Ovechkin and Johnny Boychuk in the corner of the Boston end," the CSN New England blog says. "That's part of the reason why hockey fans like Ovechkin so much. He's not afraid to mix it up."

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media  
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This little battle in the corner shows you everything you need to know about the character and grittiness of AO. He is a throwback player who would have been comfortable on the ice with Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr. Amazing hockey player.

Posted by: pcalver1 | February 3, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

That was by far one of the highlights of the game. The first two return hits he got in were spectacular.

Posted by: M__N | February 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

You don't see this in your clip, but I liked how Ovie kind of brushes back his helmet after one hit like "Wow, I'm that good, #$%*!." LOL.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I admit I started to get a little worried that he was gonna take a penalty, but he kept his head.

Posted by: false_cause | February 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I beleive we call that "Demolishing someone"

Posted by: EricS2 | February 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

In football they called the hit Ovie took "pancaked"....

Posted by: ENJOYA | February 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hubby and I LOVED watching this last night - couldn't stop laughing. Thanks for posting...

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | February 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

anyone know if crosby gets booed everywhere he goes, like ovechkin does?

Posted by: jdwood84 | February 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I was a little concerned that Ovie had lost it just for a second there. On the other hand, the man has to tend to his bidness.

AO - best, and most real player out there. You listening, Sidney?

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | February 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ovie = G-D!!

Posted by: Monkman63 | February 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Boychuk: spread the word.
DO NOT mess with Ovi

Posted by: cordobes17 | February 3, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

After seeing that I immediately rewound the DVR and watch again. Then of course on the reply. Was awesome how he just circled around and hit him again in the same spot. What a complete player. Every hockey player wants to play like he does. Such a great complete player.

Posted by: TheRealDuffman | February 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Watching Ovie is like watching Sean Taylor on skates, impressive and destructive.

But we all know that if boychuck did that to crosby he would have been suspended for 3 games because the league has to protect their little golden boy. Ovie he is a big russian machine he never breaks down (still my favorite Ovechkin quote).

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Овечкин короля хоккея

Posted by: hessone | February 3, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Ovy's got a world of talent but he plays like a punk. Love to see him take on Lucic.

Posted by: BruinSteve | February 3, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Bet you he won't take on Lucic in the playoffs. But only because Lucic won't be in the playoffs. Boston's lack of talent amuses me.

Posted by: mriordan123 | February 3, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Plays like a punk", eh? I guess he really should stop hitting those poor fellows so hard.

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 3, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Typical bitter Boston bit*h.

The hit on Ovechkin was when he was a bit off-balance, that's the only reason he went down.

I gotta give the kid from Boston props for taking those licks like a pro instead of crying like Crosby would have.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 3, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Boychuk's hit was more of a shove to Ovechkin at an odd angle that made OV lose his balance. However, OV's hits were all legal and visciously calculated. If OV was really mad at Boychuk for the hit, he would have "BoyNKchuk" him immediately after the initial collision. All I know was that Boychuk sure did not hold on to that puck real long knowing OV was targeting him. I love the way the Caps at the blue line kept sending the puck back at Boychuk just so OV can hit him again and again! Ha!

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 3, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@JohnWWW - thanks for pointing out the dumps back to Boychuk. Now that I go back and look at it, yeah, it DOES kinda look like they're setting his a$$ up.

If someone wants to elaborate - intellectually - about why they think OV "plays like a punk", by all means go for it. I will point out in advance that not caring for his style does not qualify. Because there's a difference.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | February 3, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I love when fans of other teams come on here and cry about Ovechkin. It makes my day.

Posted by: ouvan59 | February 3, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I guess Gordie Howe was a PUNK Cause Ovechkin plays just like him also "The Rocket " played like that before Howe. And yes I'm old enough and saw them both play. Ovi is a throw back to those two players that could be why Canadians hate him so and are prejudice against Ovechkin and the Caps because they also have Semin and Varlamov,Russians all.


Posted by: duckyjimpond | February 3, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

That was awesome.

Posted by: sitruc | February 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Ovy's got a world of talent but he plays like a punk. Love to see him take on Lucic.

Posted by: BruinSteve | February 3, 2010 3:43 PM |

Luch who?
btw - your Mom's a punk & we'll ram rod her too.
Go play on the freeway dooooche.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 4, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

The best part about the sequence is that it's all just good, legal hockey.

Nothing bothers me more in the modern NHL than when teams retaliate for a clean hit by sending out a goon to take a cheap shot at the guy who delivered the hit.

Boychuk wiped out Ovechkin with a legal hit, and Ovechkin responded with legal hits of his own. None were from behind, none were away from the play, he didn't throw any elbows or use his stick.

That's the kind of violence real hockey fans love - not cheap shots and goons.

Posted by: Brashnir | February 4, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Just found this link to a vicious elbow by sergei gonchar. 5 minute major, no suspension. double standards? i guess the PENS are the 1990s BULLS of the NHL.:

Posted by: sa11231 | February 4, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Ovy's got a world of talent but he plays like a punk. Love to see him take on Lucic.

Posted by: BruinSteve

Be careful what you wish for bubba.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 4, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Ovy's got a world of talent but he plays like a punk. Love to see him take on Lucic.

Posted by: BruinSteve | February 3, 2010 3:43 PM

Pure idiotic statement. Don't be mad because he doesn't play for your lousy team. Ovy would blast Lucic into next week.

I'm trying to figure out why bruins fans boo Ovy all the time.

Posted by: Chase4 | February 4, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The only punks are the "young" punks that keep making these silly comments. I like that the old guard players (Espo, Potvin, etc.) all love the way Ovi plays. Guess some of these posters are still mad that their dads turned off the figure skating and made them watch hockey.

Posted by: ds_kelly | February 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is a jerk. He is a little boy in a mans body. If he can't take a check and has to run around and "get" the person who hit him, then he is going to take unnecessary penalties.
There is a time and place in hockey to seek retibution and this was not it. He has already been suspended for dirty play and if he keeps acting this way, he will be suspended again.

Posted by: lharloff | February 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Umm Iharloff...there was absolutely nothing wrong with the sequence of events in the video. Ovi got hit, he hit back. It's called hockey. Clean, solid hockey

Oy vey.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 4, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

lharloff - There is a time and place to seek retribution. Did you not see the play? Boychuck had the puck and Ovie legally checked him each of the three consecutive times. How is that unnecessary? Maybe Ovie should've waited for Boychuck to skate with the puck into the Caps defensive zone?

Posted by: RuskiSi | February 4, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

lharloff, obviously you don't watch hockey. There was absolutely nothing wrong with Ovi hitting boychuk back--boychuk had the puck. LMAO at these Bruins fans--even the Bruin players didn't say anything bad about the hits.

Posted by: dfe1 | February 4, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

lharloff, thanks for the laugh. 'Ovechkin can't take a check' is easily the stupidest thing written about him this season. See that little black disk, near Ovechkin and Boychuk at ALL FOUR hits? It's called a "puck", see, and players fight for it--less effectively than Ovechkin--all the time.
If you cant stand the heat, stick with ice-cold losers like the Bruins!

Posted by: redlineblue | February 4, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Ovie is a straight up beast !! The Hockey Version of Sean Taylor.


Posted by: OG_Barno | February 4, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Ove has a target on his back as the best player in hockey. If he lets some upstart rookie drop him and get away with it, he opens himself up to more of the same. Ove's retaliatory strikes will ensure that opponents will think twice about going after him. His counter hits were more than just payback. Way to send a message, Ove! Go Caps!

Posted by: impeachemall | February 4, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Boychuck never fell down though. And he was smiling about it on the bench.

Posted by: pivo20 | February 4, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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