It's always scary when you see a player get hit in the head with a puck. It's even scarier when you're a fan of the Caps and that player is Alex Ovechkin.
But there's is one thing you should always remember before you worry about the Great 8: He is not built like a normal human being.
Ovechkin was struck in the face by a puck in the second period of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild. It was a scary moment made scarier by the pool of blood he left behind on the ice as he made his way to the locker room.
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"Anybody who takes a puck to the face, you hope that they're not hurt badly," Barry Trotz said after the game. "Anytime you get hit to the face there's usually pretty good leakage. I saw, I knew he got hit in the face and in the mouth area and there was pretty good leakage around our bench and he went off and we were just hoping that it's not too serious."
Remarkably, it wasn't serious. Ovechkin missed the remainder of the second period, but returned for the third. After the game, there were a few stitches in his lip, but otherwise there appeared to be no serious damage.
Ovechkin said that after he had been hit he "Just tried to feel my tooth and it was fine. Just moving a little bit, but it's fine. It's hockey."
The fact that no serious damage was done turned what was a scary moment into one both players and coach could laugh at afterward.
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"He's a big strong man and he's got a few zippers so he's a lot better looking now that they fixed him up and all that," Trotz said. "It's when you get stitched up, that's the great thing about medicine, they can make you look great."
"It can be much worser," Ovechkin said when asked if he was scared in the moment. "I could lose my teeth."
Nicklas Backstrom had the same thought many of you are probably asking yourself right now: "Does he have any more teeth?"
It was just another reminder that Ovechkin is truly a machine. As the saying goes, "Russian Machine...never gets broken."
I think that's how it goes.