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Video: Ovechkin crushes Letang, Capitals cruise by the Penguins


James OBrien

The Washington Capitals weren’t in a festive mood. Feisty, yes. Festive, no.

Take, for instance, this clip of Capitals star Alex Ovechkin throwing a massive hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang early on in the third period of Saturday’s game. Letang saw the collision coming just a split second before it occurred, but by then it was too late, as Ovechkin ran over the smooth-skating blue liner.

It was all part of a 3-0 Capitals victory. Eric Fehr scored twice for Washington, including the winner all the way back in the first period. Earlier in the game, Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson caught Penguins’ forward Brandon Sutter with a heavy hit that also appeared to be up high, although there was no call on the play.

Already dealing with injuries this season, the Penguins were without forward Patric Hornqvist for the final two periods, after he left the game with a reported injury after taking a puck off the skate.

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