Alex Ovechkin Knocks Out Hurricanes Young Star Andrei Svechnikov Mid-Game [VIDEO]
While the Caps lost 5-0 on Monday night, they weren’t the biggest losers on the ice. That title goes to Hurricanes young cornerstone Andrei Svechnikov, who got dropped by Capitals legend Alex Ovechkin.
The 19-year-old Svechnikov, who was the second overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft, dropped gloves with Ovechkin in the first period. Previously, they had been pushing and shoving with sticks in Carolina’s offensive zone. Tensions rose and moments later, Svechnikov was out cold on the ice. The 19-year-old was immediately taken care of and helped off to the locker room. He’s expected to miss game four of the series after the fight.
Here’s the video of the two players going at it:
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 15, 2019
For the 33-year-old Ovechkin, it proved he can still play dirty if need be. The fight was just the fourth in his career and the first since 2010.
“First of all I hope he is OK,” Ovechkin said of his opponent after the game. “I’m not a big fighter. He’s the same. He asked me to fight. You don’t want to see a guy get hurt.”
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour portrayed Ovechkin in a more negative light, saying that Ovechkin took his gloves off first and that their 19-year-old had “never fought in his life, and I’m pretty sure Ovi knew that. So that stuff bothers me.”
Washington leads the series 2-1.
Here are some of the best reactions to the fight:
Alexander Ovechkin shit kicking a kid who was born post-dial up internet is not cool.
— B Moo (@bmoo18) April 16, 2019
Alexander Ovechkin is absolutely an animal.
— Kevin Andrejcak (@KAndrejcak) April 16, 2019
Andrei Svechnikov became the first player born in the 2000s to score a playoff goal. He is also the first player born in the 2000s to get knocked out by Alexander Ovechkin in the playoffs
— Zach Maskavich (@ZachMaskavich) April 15, 2019
Hot take: Alexander Ovechkin should be suspended for the rest of the playoffs for this. Sure, hockey has fights, that doesn’t excuse this. https://t.co/VbxYplpXga
— Alex Perdue🌐🔶 (@_AlexPerdue) April 16, 2019
There is a reason why you don’t fight Alexander Ovechkin.
That is why. #ALLCAPS
— Michael Jenkins (@JenksNBCS) April 15, 2019
LOL I’m sorry, but Canes you CAN NOT let your 19 year old try to throw down fisticuffs with fucking ALEXANDER OVECHKIN…
That was like an instant KO. pic.twitter.com/jtHaax8jjU
— Schraver (@Schraver_M) April 15, 2019
— JT VanRiper (@jt4real97) April 15, 2019
VERY FOOLISH decision by young Andrei Svechnikov to drop his gloves with the GREAT Alexander Ovechkin. Little Andrei learned very quickly how big and strong Alex is and was beaten like a dog in front of the Carolina fans. Not smart!
— NHL Trump (@trump_nhl) April 15, 2019
— Mandy Ashcroft (@HockeyCnection) April 16, 2019