Alex Ovechkin KOs Carolina Hurricanes player with three punches

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2019

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.

Ovechkin challenged Svechnikov to the fight after the 19-year-old cross-checked him several times in front of Washington's net.

Ovechkin also dropped the gloves with Kris Versteeg back in 2013 in a game against the Panthers, but the tussle was not enough to warrant a fighting penalty, as the referees broke it up before it could truly escalate.

Evgeny Svechnikov is said to be a 22-year-old prospect of the Detroit Wings, so the likelihood that he would risk everything for revenge is highly unlikely. Ovechkin won in an absolute landslide. For Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick in last year's draft who helped lead the 'Canes back into the postseason, it was his first in the big leagues.

The Capitals went on to win the game 5-0, with Carolina now trailing the best-of-seven series 2-0.

Tempers flared enough for Ovechkin to indulge in just the fourth fight of his career, and first since almost a decade ago, according to

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