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Ovechkin knocks out Hurricanes rookie Svechnikov in Game 3 fight

16 April 2019

Alex Ovechkin fights Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov during the first period of Game 3.

Well, the Washington Capitals captain added that dubious item on Monday night after dropping the gloves with Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov in the first period of Game 3 in Carolina. They exchanged several blows before Ovechkin connected with a knockout punch to the right side of Svechnikov's head. He appeared dazed as he was helped off the ice.

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There's debate over whether or not Ovi pushed Svechnikov down onto the ice, but the slow motion replay looks like he may have just lost his balance.

Ovechkin, 33, has only fought three times in his National Hockey League career, with the last bout coming against the New York Rangers' Brandon Dubinski in 2010. Ovechkin was handed a five-minute fighting major.

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Carolina said Svechnikov would miss the rest of the game with an upper-body injury.

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. Micheal Ferland also went to the locker room after a hit on forward Tom Wilson. The Capitals lead the best-of-seven first round series 2-1.

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Ovechkin knocks out Hurricanes rookie Svechnikov in Game 3 fight