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

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is checked into the Washington Capitals bench by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON — Alex 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.

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

Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 31st and 32nd goals, and Nicklas Backstrom got the winner in the third period to lift Washington over Boston 4-3.

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