Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Andrei Svechnikov in Concussion Protocol After Alex Ovechkin Fight

Andrei Svechnikov in Concussion Protocol After Alex Ovechkin Fight

Svechnikov, the Hurricanes' 2nd-overall selection in the 2018 entry draft, fought fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Monday's Game 3 in Carolina - and took the worst of it.

Ovechkin has been antagonized by the Hurricanes all series, so it appears that falling behind early in this game mixed with something Svechnikov said was enough to tip him this time around.

The 19-year-old dropped to the floor like a stone and didn't get up for several moments. The fight was a physical mismatch, it didn't have to happen, and it ended poorly for Svechnikov, who was knocked out with a hard Ovechkin right fist, had to be helped off the ice, and did not return.

However, the Capitals still lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

"First of all, I hope he's OK", Ovechkin said Monday night.

If the sight of Ovechkin fighting seemed odd to you, it should. Brind'Amour said. "It's a little bit tough because I just heard Ovie talk about it: he said our guy challenged him". 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. "We're certainly not going to rush him back".

"So, it's a little but frustrating, because he got hurt". You don't want to see a guy get hurt or something. And that's Ovi, not our guy. He asked me to fight and said, 'Let's go.' I hope he's OK. He's played 90 games. That game is scheduled for Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.

"So that stuff bothers me, because that's ..."

There was nothing at all wrong with Foegele, who had his team's first two-goal post-season game since Eric Staal in Game 4 against Boston in the second round in 2009.

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