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Alex Ovechkin knocks out Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov in surprising bout

In his first fight since 2010, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin landed several hard blows to knock out Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov in the first period of Monday’s first-round playoff game. Svechnikov remained on the ice after the bout and had to be helped to the dressing room.

Svechnikov challenged Ovechkin to the fight after the 19-year-old crosschecked the Capitals captain several times in front of Washington’s net. Ovechkin agreed to the bout, dropping his gloves. Svechnikov, a Russian scoring winger, had said earlier in the series that Ovechkin is someone he looked up to growing up. The No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft played in every game for the Hurricanes in the regular season, scoring 20 goals and adding 17 assists. He had two goals in Game 1 of this series and an assist in Game 2.

Ovechkin had fought just four times in his career and never in the playoffs. He has done a little bit of everything for the Capitals in this series, tallying two primary assists in Saturday’s Game 2 overtime win, scoring a goal in Game 1 and now recording the first fight.

Although Carolina scored the first goal of Game 3 for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, the team might be down two of its best forwards for the rest of the game: Micheal Ferland also went to the dressing room after a hit on forward Tom Wilson.

Washington has a 2-0 series lead.

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