Video: Capitals' Alex Ovechkin Knocks Out Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov in Fight

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2019

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 15: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals knocks out Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes as they fight during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on April 15, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Hurricanes announced rookie Andrei Svechnikov suffered an upper-body injury and was ruled out for the remainder of Monday's playoff game after he fought Alex Ovechkin.

The Washington Capitals star knocked him to the ground during the fight in the first period with the Hurricanes nursing a 1-0 lead:

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Throwing down with Alex Ovechkin is NOT a great idea. (via @NBCSCapitals) https://t.co/0i2fXP9GA7

According to 106.7 The Fan, Svechnikov was helped to the locker room in the aftermath.

Washington won the first two games of the series in large part because of Ovechkin's efforts. The veteran scored a goal in Game 1 and had two assists in Game 2, although Svechnikov matched him in points with two goals in Game 1 and an assist in Game 2.

It will be even more difficult for the Hurricanes to come back against the defending Stanley Cup champions if the rookie is unable to return later in the series. 


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