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Timberrrrr! Bruins behemoth Chara sent tumbling by Capitals' Ovechkin

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

Washington superstar clips Boston defenceman head over heels into bench

Washington's Alex Ovechkin sends six-foot-nine Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara tumbling into the Capitals' bench during their game on Thursday. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Alexander Ovechkin put Zdeno Chara in unfamiliar territory early in Washington's win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Chara, the NHL's tallest player ever at six-foot-nine, was flipped head over heels into the Capitals' bench on a shove from the six-foot-three Ovechkin late in the first period.

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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.

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

Adding insult to injury, Ovechkin scored his league-leading 31st and 32nd goals in the Capitals' 4-2 win.

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