Alexander Ovechkin Lays Out Andrei Svechnikov in Fight



With the Hurricanes down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series - but up 1-0 in the first period of the game - Svechnikov and Ovechkin began to battle and trade shots while in the Capitals' defensive zone.

"First of all I hope he's okay", Ovechkin said.

"First of all I hope he's ok", Ovechkin told reporters after the game.

Tempers flared enough for Ovechkin to indulge in just the fourth fight of his career, and first since almost a decade ago, according to

Brind'Amour said he was "still sick to my stomach about it".

"So, it's a little but frustrating, because he got hurt". We're always careful. This year, we've dealt with [concussions] with I don't know how many guys and when they were ready to come back, we waited weeks after.

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"We got maybe a little bit frustrated and too confident". It was his first in the playoffs, while Svechnikov had not been in a fight all season.

The fight occurred in the first period of Game 3 of the first round playoff matchup between the Capitals and the Hurricanes. And that's Ovi, not our guy.

The Hurricanes went on to win the game 5-0, cutting Washington's series lead in half with Game 4 scheduled for Thursday in North Carolina.

"I just hated seeing that". "He's played 90 games, he never fought in his life, I'm pretty sure Ovie knew that".

Capitals coach Todd Reirden had a different take on the whole thing: "I see it as two willing combatants". Brown, who had 19 goals and 35 points in 70 games in the minors, has one goal and one assist in 28 National Hockey League games. 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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