Alexander Ovechkin Knocks Out 19-Year-Old Hurricanes Player In Big Fight

VIDEO: Alexander Ovechkin Lays Out Andrei Svechnikov in Fight

Ovechkin floored Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov with a right hook during the first period of Monday night's 5-0 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russian Federation, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019.

Reports indicate that Ovechkin and Svenchnikov had several rough encounters throughout the game, but according to ESPN, Svechnikov provoked Ovechkin at one particular point, and that's when they dropped their gloves and started pummeling each other. He did not return to the game. That left his status unclear with the Capitals up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Brind'Amour said Tuesday that "there's two versions going around" about who started the fight, but a night earlier, the coach seemed to pin the blame on Ovechkin.

Carolina did not have an update on Svechnikov after the game. And that's Ovi, not our guy.

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"So, it's a little but frustrating, because he got hurt". He's played 90 games. "I'll just leave it at that", he said. So that stuff bothers me.

Ovechkin won his record eighth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy this season as the league's top goal scorer.

The first period of Game 3 of the first round playoff series saw some serious action between the two Russian stars playing in the National Hockey League. He had one goal and two assists in the Capitals' first two games in these playoffs.

Capitals coach Todd Reirden had a different take on the whole thing: "I see it as two willing combatants". The game doesn't really matter when something like that happens; you just can't get it out of your head.

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