Alex Ovechkin is known to mix it up on the ice. But early in Game 3 of the first round against Carolina, Alex Ovechkin dropped Hurricanes youngster Andrei Svechnikov with a flurry of punches we've never seen from "The Great 8" Before.
The two mixed it up on the ice as the Capitals tried to clear the puck.
The two dropped the mitts and unloaded on each other with a flurry of punches. Before too long, the 19-year-old was unconscious on the ice.
It was the first interaction between the two Russians but prior to the game, Svechnikov was asked about competing against the player so many young Russian players looked up to. "I followed him as a kid," he told reporters before Game 3. "Good guy. Leader of the team. It's fun to play against him,"
Ovechkin left the ice and headed toward the penalty box, where he would sit for 5 minutes with the Capitals already down 1-0 in the first period, while Svechnikov had to be helped off the ice by the Hurricanes' training staff. Svechnikov was ruled out for the remainder of the game with an upper-body injury and, as of Tuesday morning, is not expected to suit up for Game 4 Thursday night.
Ovechkin had not engaged in a fight since Dec. 12, 2010 when he mixed it up with Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers.
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