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Video: Erat injured in collision with Ovechkin, Stepan

May 8, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Martin Erat crashed into New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan late in the first period.

The results were devastating, with all three players collapsing in near unison and Erat sliding into the net. It looks like Erat got the worst of it, as the Capitals have announced that he has an upper body injury.

Erat and Ovechkin were both penalized for their actions, killing a Washington power play in the process. The Rangers did not score during the two men advantage.

You can watch the play below:

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  1. ibieiniid - May 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    ridiculous two penalties on that play.

    • stakex - May 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      The hook is there on Erat. In fact, the reason his wrist is injured is Ovechkin catches his stick (which is around Stepan) when he comes across. If Erat wasn’t hooking Stepan, Ovechking wouldn’t have got caught on his stick and bent his wrist.

      Though the call on Ovechkin was bad. The hit was clean… though we could debate how good of defensive play it was.

      • ibieiniid - May 9, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        i think it was more caused by when Erat’s arm SLAMS the ice. that MAYBE could have been called, at best. the OV hit was clean. my point was that calling two penalties on that was horrible.

      • phil4444phil - May 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Ovi’s hit would have been clean IF Stephan had the puck. Clearly Alex plays the body when nobody had possession. I think the injury occurs when Erat’s wrist is twisted in between Ovi and Stephan.
        BTW. How does Derek Stepan wind up on the ice with BOTH sticks in his hand, yet doesn’t receive a “holding the stick” penalty?

      • dohpey28 - May 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Ovi left his feet to make the hit, hence the charging call.

  2. barkar942 - May 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    More importantly, take a look at the Rangers 4th goal and be schooled on “How Not To Back Check” by Alexander Ovechkin.
    He just stands about ten feet inside the blue line and watches the play unfold right before his eyes because he is too worried about hoping the puck will bounce to him so he can get a fast breakout.

    • ibieiniid - May 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      More more importantly, take a look at any Caps game and be schooled on the same. he’s a notoriously bad backchecker.

  3. phil4444phil - May 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    @dohpey28. I missed that. Good call.

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