WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals don’t shy away from contact or a fight, but things were on the verge of getting out of hand in Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Alex Ovechkin didn’t generate offense in the first period but laid the boom on Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev. Twice. Here’s the crushing blow he landed on Gardiner:
The Leafs responded with a low shot on Ovechkin from Nazem Kadri, which sent the Caps captain to the locker room early for the first intermission:
Ovechkin got some revenge on Kadri in the second period, with a slashing assist from Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen:
But bygones could not be bygones after, as Gardiner exacted his revenge on T.J. Oshie with a high stick directly to the chin that snapped his head back:
Can’t we all just get along? Hopefully not.