VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 18: Alexander Ovechkin of Russia fights with Zdenko Chara of Slovakia during the ice hockey men's preliminary game between Slovakia and Russia on day 7 of the 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 18, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) via Yahoo! Sports
Ovechkin and Chara after the game at Vancouver Olympics, Feb. 18, 2010, photo Reuters
Man, I love this photo. Chara is my favorite NHL defenseman. Too bad Caps couldn't get him because of the salary cap.
By Slava Malamud, Heavy Medal, The Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2010:
"Ovechkin, Semin and Datsyuk are obviously the best players in the world," Chara said after the game. "It's challenging to play against those guys. But I loved [Ovechkin's hit]. We always battle hard. I was tired and was trying to get the puck out of our zone. I knew he was going to hit me, but I lost my balance and he put me down on the ice. That's what the best players do. We are good friends off the ice but on the ice we compete and go after each other."
"I am always determined to play hard," confirmed Ovechkin. "If there is a chance to hit, why not hit? What else was there to do? I had to fire up the team and I tried to do what I could."