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Vladimir Putin Falls On His Face ... During Hockey Game

5/10/2019 12:07 PM PDT

Vladimir Putin Falls On His Face During Ice Hockey Game

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12:07 PM PT -- Vladimir Putin FELL DOWN HARD while skating around the rink following the game. 

Putin clearly didn't see the red carpet on the ice and when he hit it, Vlad fell face first. 

One of his teammates tried to warn him but to no avail. 

Thoughts and prayers for whoever put the carpet down ... 

It's that time of year again ... when Russian president Vladimir Putin straps on the skates and plays ice hockey with a bunch of his famous countrymen, including ex-NHL players.

And, how did ol' Vlad do???

TOTAL DOMINATION, COMRADES!!!

Of course, it's easy to score on opponents who are in constant fear of being sent to the gulags ... but hey, PUTIN!!!

The 66-year-old crushed his enemies right from the initial puck drop ... posting 8 goals in the annual exhibition match alongside ex-NHL stars Slava Fetisov and Pavel Bure

Hey, last year Putin only scored 5 goals -- so he's getting better!!!

Putin's teammate -- Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu -- scored 3 goals in the 14 to 7 victory. 

The opposing team had some notable players too -- including Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin and Putin's longtime pal, Gennady Timchenko

Originally Published -- 10:38 AM PT

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