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SportWatch: Ovechkin destroys Hurricanes rookie Svechnikov in playoff fight

03:40  16 april  2019
03:40  16 april  2019 Source:   12up.com

Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1

Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1 Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from Andrei Svechnikov and the Carolina Hurricanes to win Game 1 of their first-round series 4-2. Backstrom scored twice and Ovechkin scored on the power play to fire up a raucous sellout crowd in the first playoff game in Washington since celebrating the franchise's first title in June. It looked like the Capitals would roll toward a statement victory against an opponent lacking playoff experience, but the pesky Hurricanes turned up the heat.

Hurricanes Booster Club. Watch Andrei Svechnikov Highlights. Andrei Svechnikov News. Svechnikov pots second goal. Svechnikov snaps one past Holtby.

Andrei Svechnikov became the youngest player in 22 years to record a two-goal game in the Stanley Cup playoffs . Svechnikov 's first score came as he drove around Capitals defenseman John Carlson and flicked the puck past Braden Holtby to get Carolina on the board.

Watch: Ovechkin destroys Hurricanes rookie Svechnikov in playoff fight© Grant Halverson/Getty Images RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 15: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals knocks out Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes as they fight during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on April 15, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

​Don't try to fight ​Alex Ovechkin in the postseason, it's not going to go well for you. Rookie Andrei Svechnikov found this out the hard way. With the Hurricanes down 0-2 in their series against Washington, Svechnikov tried to create a spark for his squad by fighting this big Russian. Unfortunately, it didn't go his way, as Ovi laid down the hammer.

Hurricanes rout Capitals 5-0 in 1st home playoff game since '09

Hurricanes rout Capitals 5-0 in 1st home playoff game since '09 The Carolina Hurricanes won their first home playoff game in a decade, routing the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night. Dougie Hamilton also scored two goals, Brock McGinn had a late goal and an assist and Jaccob Slavin had two assists as the rapid-fire Hurricanes outshot Washington 45-18 to cut the defending Stanley Cup champions' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Playoff report. Svechnikov drops gloves with Ovechkin . Rookie mistake. Svechnikov nodded, seeming to consent to a fight , and then it happened. Ovechkin , 33-years old and 235-pounds heavy, landed three consecutive rights into Svechnikov ’s face.

The Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward certainly didn't look like a nervous 19-year-old making his Stanley Brind'Amour said he didn't like the way Svechnikov played in the first two periods, but he wasn't the only Hurricanes player to struggle It's fun to watch , especially against a guy like Carlson.

You can't come at Ovi like that and miss. It was never going to end well.

With upsets abound in the playoffs thus far, the Caps have been a stabilizing force for favorites around the league. So much for that Stanley Cup hangover.

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Watch: Ovechkin destroys Hurricanes rookie Svechnikov in playoff fight

NHL playoffs 2019: Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov (concussion) 'highly doubtful' for Game 6 vs. Caps.
The rookie winger hit his head after getting into a fight with Alex Ovechkin last week and has yet to be fully cleared to return.

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