Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Alexander Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov

Alexander Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov

Brind'Amour said the 19-year-old Svechnikov went to the hosptial for an assessment after Carolina's Game 3 win in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

During the first period in Game 3 of the opening round series between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes, Washington's Alex Ovechkin threw down with Andrei Svechnikov of Carolina.

A barrage of punches from Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin could have an impact on the Stanley Cup champions' playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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.

Svechnikov, a 19-year-old rookie, struggled to stand and was helped off the ice and taken to the dressing room.

The Capitals superstar said postgame that Svechnikov asked him to square off, but Brind'Amour seemingly questioned that statement Tuesday. Both players were assessed 5-minute major penalties for the fight.

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

I hope Svechnikov is okay because he got knocked out in epic fashion, and I imagine most of the sports fans in the country will have seen it by noon today. It was his first in the playoffs, while Svechnikov had not been in a fight all season. Svechnikov fell to the ice and had a hard time getting up all while Ovi was fine. So it's a little bit frustrating because he got hurt. So, if that's the case, it's a little different.

"But if you watch the video, because I got to watch it, he slashes him twice, Ovie - whack, whack - and then Svech gives it back. He has a special bond with our group, with me too", Brind'Amour said. He's played 90 games.

"I just hated seeing that".

"So that stuff bothers me, because that's ..."

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