Benched! Caps' Ovechkin flips 6-foot-9 Chara over boards

BOSTON (AP) — Alexander Ovechkin put Zdeno Chara in unfamiliar territory early in a game Thursday night between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins.

Chara, the NHL’s tallest player ever at 6-foot-9, was flipped head over heels into the Capitals’ bench on a shove from the 6-3 Ovechkin late in the first period.

The TD Garden crowd gasped, but play continued and there was no immediate on-ice retaliation. The Bruins captain tumbled back onto the ice quickly and rejoined the play.

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The 41-year-old Chara has made a name for himself delivering bruising hits.

Washington led 1-0 after one period after Jakub Vrana’s early breakaway goal.

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