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Video: Ovechkin nails Girardi, Dorsett nearly slides into Lundqvist

May 12, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals have really gotten to know each other in three consecutive playoff series, with that familiarity sure to boil over some more in Game 7 on Monday.

Game 6 had plenty of fireworks in its own right, though. That was especially true in the third period, as Derek Dorsett was the center of attention for a couple of controversial moments while Alex Ovechkin delivered a big hit.

First, let’s take a look at Ovechkin’s check on Dan Girardi, which seemed to leave the Rangers blueliner a little shaken up:

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Girardi is a trooper, though … he didn’t miss a shift.

In one exchange, the Capitals accused Dorsett of slew-footing Mike Green. Washington wasn’t very friendly to Dorsett after that exchange and in other moments of the game, as you can see from this moment when Joel Ward nearly sent the 26-year-old crashing into Henrik Lundqvist:

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The takeaway seems pretty clear: these teams don’t really like each other, even if they seem to know each other quite well.

(In other news, the two team will face each other more often in the regular season beginning in 2013-14 …)

  1. maalea - May 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    That play is why I would take Ovi over anyone in the league. I know his effort is uneven at times but when he is engaged, he can affect the game in more ways than any other player.

    • 2jivecrew - May 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      And that’s why your team would be in the running for the #1 pick every year.

      • windmiller4 - May 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        Cause the caps are always in the running for a #1 pick, Right?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      It was a good hit, and one of the things he does well. But if you were to take him over anyone in the league you wouldn’t last long on the job. Who would be your second pick?

      • maalea - May 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Well I was talking as a fan not a GM but If I had Ovi and was building a team, I guess I would have to go with Erik Karlsson.

        He’s young, plays a very good all around game and showed a lot of heart coming back from injury. A gamer.

  2. ithacamike - May 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Nice embellishment Dorsett. What a joke. He looked like Ty Cobb going in “cleats up” on a 2nd baseman. Then he tried to end Mike Green’s career with a nasty slew foot and is rewarded with a Ranger powerplay.

    On a side note, could Pierre McGuire be any more biased toward the Rags? Good grief.

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