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Ovechkin shows off cut after taking puck to face

Mar 28, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin left Thursday’s practice after being struck by a puck and needed stitches, CSN Washington reports.

Ovechkin went down as a result of the blow, but quickly got back to his feet. He threw his stick before skating off the ice so that the bleeding wound on his chin could be attended to.

Fortunately, Ovechkin seemed to be in good spirits after that incident.

“It’s hockey ))) hahaha,” Ovechkin tweeted. He later added that he needed 22 stitches.

He also shared some before and after photos of the damage:



  1. loinstache - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    ))) is the Russian way of making a text smile. the more brackets the happier they are

  2. digbysellers - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Taking put?

    • digbysellers - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      There ya go…quick editing.

  3. lroc20 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Shot put?

  4. sjsharks66 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Oh man, thats a gnarly one!

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM


  6. tfaltin - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    His skin literally went green. I prefer the open wound picture.

  7. rsl22 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Too bad, he was such a beautiful man before this.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Too funny! He sure does look and speak like a caveman.

      • challer9 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Yeah, because we know what cavemen that lived 100,000 years ago sounds like. Or if they even spoke at all.

  8. modellforprez - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    well i was just about to eat. but serious it is hockey and people get torn up all the time will never forget clint malarchuk taking that skate slice to the neck in late 80’s early 90’s

    • rsl22 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      I get what you’re saying, but you should really consider proofreading, or using punctuation, or working on syntax a bit.

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM


  9. rockthered1286 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Should’ve been blue stitches so they can differentiate between hair and stitch. Gonna hurt like hell when they grab the wrong one and pull!

  10. banger60 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Oh! my son,! my son! he beautiful face all f*cked up! Mommy O.

  11. ludacrish05 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I say the stitches should have been yellow to match his skate laces

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