Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin doesn't think there was anything egregious about his heavy hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin.

"It's hockey, it's not a ballet," Ovechkin told reporters, including The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir, postgame Friday.

Ovechkin crunched Drouin with a massive bodycheck early in the second period of Montreal's 5-2 win.