Alex Ovechkin injures Hurricanes’ Svechnikov in a rare fight

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2019

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

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Sitting in the penalty box moments after jackhammering his right fist into the face of fellow Russian Andrei Svechnikov, Alex Ovechkin plopped a bag of ice on his knuckles. The Carolina forward fell to the ice and hit his head as the fight - which was always only going to have one victor - came to a quick and brutal end.

Carolina thrashed Washington 5-0 in Game 3 and the Capitals now lead the playoff series 2-1. "I don't know if there's words exchanged but, one guy's gloves come off way first".

Players sometimes get a little too bold and forget their place. And that's Ovi, not our guy.

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Ovechkin obviously rarely fights, with his last brawl coming in December of 2010. It's his first fight. He asked me to fight and said, 'Let's go.' I hope he's OK.

The defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals, are now in their first round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. He's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that.

Ovechkin addressed the fight after the game was over, saying "I hope [Svechnikov] is okay". So that stuff bothers me. In any other sport, you can jaw all you want and nothing is going to happen.

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

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