NHL Playoffs: Alexander Ovechkin knocks out Carolina Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov


There were scuffles all over the ice during the Hurricanes' 5-0 throttling of the defending Stanley Cup champions Monday night at PNC Arena.

In a bout featuring a pair of unlikely combatants, 19-year-old rookie Andrei Svechnikov was knocked out in a first-period fight by 33-year-old Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin caught the fellow Russian with his right fist, sending the back of his head crashing hard into the ice.

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. Washington entered the evening up 2-0 in the series. "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". "Yeah, I'm not a big fighter, and he's the same".

"We got maybe a little bit frustrated and too confident".

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It was Svechnikov's first career fight and Ovechkin's first since 2010. And that's Ovi, not our guy. "He's played 90 games, he's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that", he said.

Ovechkin, for his part, says that Svechnikov challenged him. "You don't want to see a guy get hurt".

Svechnikov scored two goals and tallied one assist in the Hurricanes' first two games in this series.

While the opportunity to get under the skin of one of Washington's top players and take him out of the game for five minutes is intriguing, the risk just isn't worth it. Ovechkin may only have four National Hockey League fights to his name - the last coming almost a decade ago against Brandon Dubinsky - but his experience at this level and 40-pound weight advantage shouldn't have been ignored by Svechnikov. So that stuff bothers me.