Hurricanes coach angry after Ovechkin knocks out rookie in playoff fight

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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russian Federation, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019.

Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov kept dogging Ovechkin, trying to bait him into a fight during the first period.

Svechnikov ended up on the ice and struggled to get up before being helped off.

"From seeing him now, he looks normal and he feels great", Brind'Amour said, "So that's a real positive sign".

Both players received five-minute penalties for fighting, and Svechnikov was ultimately barred from returning. Washington entered the evening up 2-0 in the series. "He's played 90 games, he's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that", he said.

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Speaking to USA media, Svechnikov said: "It's just an honour to have met with him".

His first National Hockey League fight was against future teammate Mike Richards on 9/26/2006 - during the preseason - and getting another a little more than two months later on December 2. But with an age and size advantage over Svechnikov, dropping the gloves Monday night invited an unfair fight. He had one goal and two assists in the Capitals' first two games in these playoffs. So, if that's the case, it's a little different. So it's a little bit frustrating because he got hurt.

"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. He has a special bond with our group, with me too", Brind'Amour said.

"So that stuff bothers me, because that's ..." "I'll just leave it at that".

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