Tensions run excessive within the Stanley Cup playoffs.

That was clear Monday evening when an surprising struggle broke out within the Washington Capitals’ recreation in opposition to the Carolina Hurricanes. Alex Ovechkin and Hurricanes younger cornerstone Andrei Svechnikov dropped the gloves within the first interval, and in a little bit of a scary scene, Svechnikov seemed to be knocked out by the longtime Capitals star. 

The 19-year-old Svechnikov, who was the second general decide within the 2018 NHL draft, was instantly attended to and needed to be helped again to the locker room after shortly falling to the ice. 

For Ovechkin, 33, the struggle in opposition to his Russian countryman was a uncommon drop of the gloves. Hockey Fights lists it as simply Ovechkin’s fourth profession struggle, and first since December 2010. 

The struggle broke out as the results of some pushing and shoving with the sticks between the 2 gamers within the Hurricanes’ offensive zone. The ‘Canes led 1-Zero on the time of the struggle. 

Svechnikov was later ruled out for the game with an upper-body harm. 

Carolina went on to dominate the sport, outshooting Washington 45-18 en path to a 5-Zero win. 

“To begin with I hope he’s OK,” Ovechkin told reporters  after the game when discussing his struggle with Svechnikov. 

“I am not a giant fighter. He is the identical. He requested me to struggle… You do not wish to see a man get damage.”  

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour did not precisely see the struggle as truthful, saying Ovechkin’s gloves have been off first and that Svechnikov has “by no means fought in his life, and I am fairly certain Ovi knew that. In order that stuff bothers me.” 

The Capitals lead 2-1 within the collection.   

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