Ovechkin knocks out Hurricanes rookie Svechnikov in Game 3 fight

Silvia Morton
April 16, 2019

Linesman Scott Cherrey pulls Alex Ovechkin off of Andrei Svechnikov during the first period.

Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov dropped the gloves early in Game 3 on Monday night, and it went poorly for the Carolina Hurricanes rookie.

At 10:59 into the opening frame, the pair of Russians got tangled up behind the play in the Capitals' end. He appeared dazed as he was helped off the ice.

Ovechkin challenged Svechnikov to the fight after the 19-year-old cross-checked him several times in front of Washington's net.

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

It was Ovechkin's fourth career fight and first since 2010, according to HockeyFights.com.

The internet, as always, acted quickly, updating Svechnikov's Wikipedia to read, "He was killed in a fight by Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on April 15,2019", though it was quickly changed back to its original form.

Carolina said Svechnikov would miss the rest of the game with an upper-body injury. Washington entered the evening up 2-0 in the series. He proved to be a valuable asset to his team during the regular season, scoring 20 goals and 37 points in 82 games.

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