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Alan May doesn't expect any retaliation for Ovechkin's fight with Tom Wilson on the Capitals' side

Alan May doesn't expect any retaliation for Ovechkin's fight with Tom Wilson on the Capitals' side

NBC Sports Washington Capitals analyst doesn't expect the Hurricanes to gain anything if they go after Alex Ovechkin in retaliation for the fight that ended rookie Andrei Svechnikov's Game 3 early on Monday.

On Monday, in the Capitals' 5-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Caps captain got into his first fight in nearly nine years with the Hurricanes rookie in the first period.

It took only three punches to knock Svechnikov out cold, who did not return to the game after that and is in concussion protocol.

"This is just one of those things where it’s a big highlight for a couple of days," May said Tuesday on The Sports Junkies. "If they think they can go after Ovechkin, then the Caps can do the same thing and start going after their players, and [Tom] Wilson can just skate over to their bench, he’s the toughest player on the ice, he can say, ‘if anyone does anything like that again, I’m grabbing Sebastian Aho and he’ll never play hockey the rest of this series.”

After the Capitals loss, Ovechkin said he hoped Svechnikov was OK - but reiterated that the Hurricanes player had challenged him to a fight. 

“I'm not a big fighter and he's same way," he said. "He asked me to fight and I said, let's go. Yeah.”

May said he didn't think Ovechkin owed anyone an apology.

“Back in my era, no one ever apologized for a fight," May said on the Capitals Talk Podcast on Monday. The Capitals take on the Hurricanes again in Raleigh on Thursday for Game 4.

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How to watch Capitals at Panthers NHL 20 simulation and Capitals at Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Game 7

How to watch Capitals at Panthers NHL 20 simulation and Capitals at Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Game 7

The Capitals’ simulated season continues on Saturday night when they visit the Florida Panthers in NHL 20, aired on NBC Sports Washington. Real-life Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin will be on the call.

In a partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBCSW is airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 20 games, taking place on the dates and times according to each team's regular-season schedule with commentary from NBCSW's experts surrounding the coverage.

After the game wraps up, NBCSW will reair the Caps’ spectacular 2018 Stanley Cup Game 7 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, and André Burakovsky helped secure the win.

Here’s how you can catch both games Saturday night.

Broadcast Schedule

7:00 PM – NHL 20: Capitals @ Panthers (P)

8:00 PM – NHL Classics: Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning from 5/23/18 (R)

10:30 PM – NHL 20: Capitals @ Panthers (R)

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Alex Ovechkin's workout was adorably interrupted with a dance party from his son, Sergei

Alex Ovechkin's workout was adorably interrupted with a dance party from his son, Sergei

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was enjoying a morning workout in his house on Wednesday when a small distraction entered the room.

Enter Ovechkin's one-year-old son, Sergei.

Instead of the Capitals winger shooing off his son to finish his workout, the two engaged in a dance party. It was quite precious.

With the song '40 Gradusov' by Loboda playing in the background, Ovechkin picked up his son, and the two started swaying side to side, dancing to the tune. Ovechkin's wife, Nastya, captured it all on camera, posting it to her Instagram story.

The elder Ovechkin has been spending plenty of his unexpected free time with Sergei, as the coronavirus pandemic has paused the NHL season indefinitely. The two teamed up for a Capitals simulated game on NHL 20 earlier this week, and they even watched film together, too.

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