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ESPN The Magazine: Alex's New Best Friend

It was not something the Caps wanted to see. Alexander Ovechkin was on the wrong end of a TKO this past September, when Flyers center Mike Richards ripped off the young Russian's helmet, landed a few shots to his head and flipped him to the ice. It was only the second fight of Ovechkin's life, his first in the NHL.

"I don't like to fight," the second-year winger said afterward. "I don't know how to fight." Adding insult to injury, Donald Brashear wasn't dressed for the game.