While the opportunity to get under the skin of one of Washington's top players and take him out of the game for five minutes is intriguing, the risk just isn't worth it. Ovechkin may only have four National Hockey League fights to his name - the last coming almost a decade ago against Brandon Dubinsky - but his experience at this level and 40-pound weight advantage shouldn't have been ignored by Svechnikov.
The two dropped gloves to brawl before Ovechkin pummeled rookie Svechnikov with three right jabs. Svechnikov, who went to hospital after the fight, will miss the next game (and probably more) with a concussion.More news: 3 killed, 3 hurt in Nepal plane accident
To nobody's surprise, it was announced later that he would not return for the remainder of the game.
Washington leads the series, 2-1. Ovechkin seemed to be declining at first but then dropped gloves.
The Hurricanes weren't happy with Ovechkin, as you can imagine, with head coach Rod Brind'Amour saying that the Capitals forward jumped Svechnikov.More news: Trump touts tax cuts with Tax Day trip
"So, it's a little but frustrating, because he got hurt". So, if that's the case, it's a little different. And that's Ovi, not our guy. "He's played 90 games, he never fought in his life, I'm pretty sure Ovie knew that. I'll just leave it at that". So that stuff bothers me.More news: Bruins outmuscle Maple Leafs to win Game 2