Alexander Ovechkin Lays Out Andrei Svechnikov in Fight

Alex Ovechkin fights Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov during the first period of Game 3

Linesman Scott Cherrey pulls Alex Ovechkin off of Andrei Svechnikov during the first period.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin knocked out the Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov in Game 3 of the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs Monday.

At 10:59 into the opening frame, the pair of Russians got tangled up behind the play in the Capitals' end.

Ovechkin sent Svechnikov to the ice with a heavy right hand, and the 19-year-old needed assistance to get to Carolina's locker room.

Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin drops the gloves with Carolina Hurricanes' rookie in Game 3 of their first round matchup.

The Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov just learned that the hard way.

It was Ovechkin's first fight since December 12, 2010 when he got involved with Brandon Dubinsky.

The Hurricanes later announced that Svechnikov wouldn't return to the game due to an upper-body injury. Ovechkin was handed a five-minute fighting major. Washington has a 2-0 series lead. 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.



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