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ANIMATED: Alex Ovechkin's Stick Meets Zdeno Chara's Face

The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins have played tough, physical hockey for five games so far in their opening round series, so why should Game 6 be any different? Less than two minutes into the second period on Sunday night Alexander Ovechkin, engaged along the boards, managed to catch 6-foot-9 Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara with a high stick.

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Though accidental, the act certainly did some damage, as the image after the jump shows. Warning: the picture is graphic, but not so much for the cut as for Chara's ugly mug.

Oversized pic of Chara's bloodied face:

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I apologize for all future nightmares.

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