We like to regularly feature Alex Ovechkin’s massive blowups here, and with good reason. Anyone who doubts Ovi’s physicality should note that his peers, in an SI poll of 193 current NHLers, voted him the 10th hardest hitter in the league.

This isn’t the first or last time his colleagues show Ovechkin the respect he’s earned on the ice. The Capitals’ frontman was voted the league’s MVP by the players three consecutive years, from 2007-2010.

While his goal totals might be down the last two seasons, Ovechkin’s game is slowly rounding out. The physical tools have always been there, but when the pucks aren’t going in, Ovechkin seems to know that he can’t afford to disappear from the game completely.

Keep your head up – it’s the oldest rule in hockey for a reason.