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Ovechkin knocks out Svechnikov as Canes rout Caps

17 April 2019
Ovechkin knocks out Svechnikov as Canes rout Caps

The defending Stanley Cup champions are not going down without a fight in the National Hockey League playoffs.

The game itself was the last thing on people's minds though as Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin, and Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov got into a huge fight in the first period.

With Carolina leading 1-0 just over halfway through the first period, Ovechkin and 'Canes rookie forward Andrei Svechnikov were engaging in each other's air space.

Brind'Amour added that Svechnikov is in concussion protocol and went to the hospital Monday night, though everything "checked out", according to the team's senior web producer, Michael Smith.

With a 2-0 lead in the series, the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals hit the road for Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night. "This year we've dealt with it, I don't know how many guys, but when guys felt ready to come back we waited weeks after". "You're right: I'm not a big fighter".

Players sometimes get a little too bold and forget their place.

Ovi hip checks a guy and goes after Dubinsky. It was his first in the playoffs, while Svechnikov had not been in a fight all season.

Ovechkin addressed the fight after the game was over, saying "I hope [Svechnikov] is okay". "He's played 90 games, he never fought in his life, I'm pretty sure Ovie knew that". He asked me to fight and I said, 'let's go, yeah.' I hope he's ok. "You don't want to see a guy get hurt". So that stuff bothers me.

NHL.com reported that Svechnikov isn't expected to appear in the series' next game, which is scheduled for Thursday.

During the NHL Playoffs, in a hotly-contested game between Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals, tempers frayed.