Ovechkin knocks out Svechnikov as Caps vs. Hurricanes series gets heated

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2019

On Alexander Ovechkin's extensive National Hockey League resume, you wouldn't expect to find knockout fighter.

The fight occured halfway through the first period with Carolina ahead 1-0.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin injured Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov with a punch to the face during a fight in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Monday night.

There's debate over whether or not Ovi pushed Svechnikov down onto the ice, but the slow motion replay looks like he may have just lost his balance.

The 19-year-old winger immediately fell to the ice and didn't get up for several moments. According to Hockey Fights, the 33-year-old hasn't had a bout since December 12, 2010, when he fought Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both players were assessed 5-minute major penalties for the fight. He won't return to the game due to an upper-body injury, according to the Hurricanes' public relations staff. Micheal Ferland also went to the locker room after a hit on forward Tom Wilson. For Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick in last year's draft who helped lead the 'Canes back into the postseason, it was his first in the big leagues.

Washington leads the series, 2-0.

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