Svechnikov in concussion protocol, unlikely to play Game 4

Alex Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov in brutal fight	 	 
 		 
 
			By	  Ian Oland	 0 Comment

Alex Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov in brutal fight By Ian Oland  0 Comment

Monday's game also marked the first time that Svechnikov got into a boxing match on the ice, according to Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin dropped his gloves Monday night against the Hurricanes, and it resulted in Andrei Svechnikov getting knocked out.

The defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals, are now in their first round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes.

In shocking scenes, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin floored Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov with a punch. Svechnikov stayed down on the ice for several minutes, then was helped off by Carolina trainers.

Carolina said Svechnikov would miss the rest of the game with an upper-body injury.

Both players received five-minute penalties for fighting, and Svechnikov was ultimately barred from returning.

Svechnikov scored two goals and tallied one assist in the Hurricanes' first two games in this series.

Carolina thrashed Washington 5-0 in Game 3 and the Capitals now lead the playoff series 2-1.

"First of all I hope he's okay", Ovechkin said. It's his first fight. So it's a little bit frustrating because he got hurt. "If that's the case, it's a little different". If you watch the video, he slashes him twice - Ovi, whack, whack - then Svech gets him back. Brind'Amour said he looks normal but assuming he's out for next game. He's played 90 games. "He has a special bond with our group, with me too", Brind'Amour said. So that stuff bothers me.

"I just hated seeing that". Brown, who had 19 goals and 35 points in 70 games in the minors, has one goal and one assist in 28 National Hockey League games.

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