Ovechkin injures Carolina's Svechnikov with punch to face

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin dropped his gloves Monday night against the Hurricanes, and it resulted in Andrei Svechnikov getting knocked out.

The internet, as always, acted quickly, updating Svechnikov's Wikipedia page 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.

"It's a little bit frustrating, because he got hurt, it's his first fight", Brind'Amour said.

Ovi hip checks a guy and goes after Dubinsky. He asked me to fight, I said, 'Let's go, yeah.' So, I hope he's OK. "Yeah, I'm not a big fighter, and he's the same".

Tempers flared enough for Ovechkin to indulge in just the fourth fight of his career, and first since almost a decade ago, according to HockeyFights.com. This was a rare fight for Ovechkin, one that knocked the 19-year-old Svechnikov from the game when he banged his helmet on the ice as he fell backward and ended up in concussion protocol. "I hope he's OK. You don't want to see a guy get hurt".

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Despite the loss, the Capitals still hold a 2-1 lead in the series as game four goes down on Thursday. And the first Russian fight in more than 20 years. He's played 90 games.

"I just hated seeing that". He's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that. I just hated the whole part of it.

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

Following Carolina's 5-0 victory on home ice to get themselves back into the first round matchup, the health of their young teammate was top of mind for the Hurricanes.

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