Ovechkin punch puts Carolina rookie into concussion protocol

Rex Christensen
April 17, 2019

Alex Ovechkin has knocked out a rising National Hockey League star Andrei Svechnikov with just a few powerful punches as things got heated between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes during the latest Stanley Cup playoff round.

The two dropped gloves to brawl before Ovechkin pummeled rookie Svechnikov with three right jabs. (The fight can be seen here.) The rookie fell to the ice and had to be helped up and into the dressing room after the first-period fight, and he did not return to the game.

As Ovechkin skated to the penalty box for a five-minute fighting penalty, Svechnikov was flat on his back, dazed and struggling to sit up as teammates Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk skated to him.

The 19-year-old Svechnikov who was taken No. 2 overall in last year's draft has two goals and an assist in the series.

The Capitals went on to win the game 5-0, with Carolina now trailing the best-of-seven series 2-0. "He's played 90 games, he's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that", he said. "... It's a little bit tough, because I just heard Ovi talk about it; he said our guy challenged him". And the first Russian fight in more than 20 years.

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Svechnikov found this out the hard way Monday.

Players sometimes get a little too bold and forget their place.

A different angle of the tilt displays the gruesome moment a little clearer.

"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. I'm still sick to my stomach about it", Brind'Amour told reporters Monday. So that stuff bothers me. "I'll just leave it at that".

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