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.
Before Caps' captain Alex Ovechkin dropped dropped the mitts prior to Monday's tilt with Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov, where the Capitals captain knocked out the Hurricanes rookie, it had been nine years since he'd been penalized for a fight. All it took was three devastating and frankly scary blows to the face before the outmatched 19-year-old was lying prone on the ice. Svechnikov agreed to the bout, dropping his gloves.
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Svechnikov asked Ovechkin to fight despite giving up almost 40 pounds to the Russian machine. Ovechkin won in an absolute landslide. In all, the Hurricanes outshot Washington 45-18, leaving goaltender Petr Mrazek with the easiest of his four career playoff shutouts.
Carolina thrashed Washington 5-0 in Game 3 and the Capitals now lead the playoff series 2-1. The Carolina forward fell to the ice and hit his head, prompting teammates to help him to the locker room.