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Ovechkin knocks out Svechnikov as Caps vs. Hurricanes series gets heated

Ovechkin knocks out Svechnikov as Caps vs. Hurricanes series gets heated

What did you think of Ovechkin's crushing knockout of Andrei Svechnikov?

It was the first-ever National Hockey League fight for Svechnikov, who was selected second overall by the Hurricanes in 2018.

Well, the Washington Capitals captain added that dubious item on Monday night after dropping the gloves with Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov in the first period of Game 3 in Carolina.

Ovechkin, the playoff-hardened Stanley Cup champion of a year ago, appeared to knock Svechnikov out with a series of right hands. 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.

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Svechnikov lay on the ice, struggling to get up following the fight as a trainer came to attend him.

The internet, as always, acted quickly, updating Svechnikov's Wikipedia to read, "He was killed in a fight by Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on April 15,2019", though it was quickly changed back to its original form.

It was Ovechkin's first fight since December 12, 2010 when he got involved with Brandon Dubinsky. Micheal Ferland also went to the locker room after a hit on forward Tom Wilson.

Washington leads the series, 2-0.


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