ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin is rare because of his mix of power and skill, but also because he actually looks forward to the opportunity to go up against the towering Zdeno Chara, Boston's 6-foot-9 captain.
"It's a challenge," Ovechkin said Wednesday. "Not just for me, but for everybody."
Chara was on Ovechkin for nearly every shift through the two periods Tuesday, and he held the Capitals' superstar to one shot on goal. When the Bruins switched Chara to play against Alexander Semin in the third, putting their top line of Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci against Ovechkin's line, No. 8 managed to get off four shots in nearly 10 minutes of ice time.
But it's likely that with the last change in Thursday's game, Ovi will be seeing a heck of a lot of the Bruins' big captain again. He's smiling about that.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau expects Ovechkin to get the best of Chara.
"Listen, Ovi has had people on him for five years, and when he's playing at the top of his game he makes his own space," Boudreau said. "It's not a surprise that when we play that every team says, 'Let's cover him, let's not let him beat us.' And, he finds ways. He had a couple of chances yesterday, but Boston, give them credit, they did a good job."
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