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Ovechkin takes Lehner out with shot, breaks his mask

“It was a little scary... The cage bent in to the cheekbone.”


We all know that Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has a heavy shot, maybe one of the heaviest shots in NHL history, and last night it was on full display.

Ovechkin absolutely stunned Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner with a high raising shot that broke Lehner's mask and forced him to go with his backup lid for the rest of the evening.

Check it out:

In this photo you can see the broken cage:

“It was probably the hardest shot I’ve taken to the head,” Lehner said following his 1-0 shutout victory. “He broke my cage. A little scary. You felt the cage kind of bent in to the cheekbone a little bit. I’m lucky it wasn’t a little bit harder.”

Future Hall of Fame goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was doing commentary on the game and he offered up his own insight into Ovechkin's shot.

“It’s heavy,” Lundqvist said. “A lot of times it’s not the most accurate but it’s so hard. And the flex on his stick makes it so hard to read. A lot of times it felt like it was coming at you, towards your body, then it shifted a little bit."

“There are a few guys in the league where they shoot and you go UGH,” Lundqvist continued. “You almost get surprised. He had that shot where you thought you had it and it surprised you every single time.”

Just more proof that NHL goalies, and just goalies in general, are weird...

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