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SportNHL playoffs 2019: Alex Ovechkin asked for fight, says concussed Andrei Svechnikov

01:10  21 april  2019
01:10  21 april  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

NHL playoffs 2019: Alex Ovechkin knocks out Canes' Andrei Svechnikov in first period fight

NHL playoffs 2019: Alex Ovechkin knocks out Canes' Andrei Svechnikov in first period fight Svechnikov needed to be helped off the ice.

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour react to Ovechkin 's fight with Andrei Svechnikov , who left the game after being helped off the i As the exclusive home to the NHL , NBC Sports Group features coverage of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs .

Alex Ovechkin knocking out Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svetchnikov was the most fight the Capitals showed in Monday's 5-0 loss. 12, 2010, Ovechkin 's 40 pound and 14-year advantage on the 19-year-old Svetchnikov made the fight seem somewhat unfair and the Hurricanes made that

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Maybe it wasn't Andrei Svechnikov who was looking for a fight with Alex Ovechkin.

While the Capitals' star and leader told reporters after a Game 3 tussle it was the Russian rookie who asked him to fight, Svechnikov is staunchly opposing that notion.

“I am not a superhero, ask first for a fight,” Svechnikov said Saturday, via the News and Observer.

The 2018 No. 2 overall pick by the Hurricanes was knocked out by Ovechkin in Game 3 when he took three hard rights from the Washington veteran and subsequently hit the back of his head on the ice when he fell.

He was put into concussion protocol and missed the rest of Game 3 as well as Game 4 as a result.

NHL Playoffs 2019: Alex Ovechkin, Canes react to Andrei Svechnikov fight: 'I hope he's okay'

NHL Playoffs 2019: Alex Ovechkin, Canes react to Andrei Svechnikov fight: 'I hope he's okay' Carolina players were displeased with Ovechkin taking Svechnikov out of the game.

Alex Ovechkin fights Andrei Svechnikov during the first period of Game 3. (Photo: Grant Halverson, Getty Images). Carolina went on to dominate the Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour didn't exactly see the fight as fair, saying Ovechkin 's gloves were off first and that Svechnikov has "never fought

Alex Ovechkin absolutely drops rookie Andrei Svechnikov pic.twitter.com/380EeglJy1. Svechnikov is just 19 years old, 14 years younger than the 33-year-old Ovechkin . He's also been a key part of the Hurricane forecheck There was an error processing your subscription. NHL Playoffs .

He is hoping to return for Game 6 and made sure to reiterate he was not on the ice looking to drop gloves with his hero.

“He did ask me first for a fight,” Svechnikov said.

He continued: "It was just back and forth all series, you know. It was just, like, fight. It sometimes happens. I just stood up for myself.”

The Hurricanes started the series off down 2-0 to Washington but won both Games 3 and 4 on home ice.

If Svechnikov is able to return for Game 6 — the final home game in the series for Carolina — it would be a big boost for this "bunch of jerks."

“I feel very good and I hope to play next game, we’ll see,” Svechnikov said.

Game 5 is scheduled to be played at 8 p.m. ET in Washington on Saturday.

Svechnikov was on the ice for the morning skate but he was in a yellow no-contact jersey so he has been ruled out for the contest.

NHL playoffs 2019: Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov returns to lineup in Game 3.
The rookie missed the last six games with a concussion.

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