Whispers, concern after Andrei Svechnikov destroyed by hero Alex Ovechkin

VIDEO: Alexander Ovechkin Lays Out Andrei Svechnikov in Fight

But with an age and size advantage over Svechnikov, dropping the gloves Monday night invited an unfair fight. The rookie player remained sprawled out for a spell before being escorted off by his team's trainers. Teammates eventually helped him off the ice but he never returned, instead spending the rest of the game licking his wounds.

As for Ovechkin, the 33-year-old Moscow native wound up in the sin-bin with a five-minute major penalty. Carolina won the game 5-0, and set their franchise-record playoff low by holding Washington to 15 shots, but the most memorable moment of the night came courtesy of Alex Ovechkin.

"I'm not a big fighter, and he's the same", Ovechkin said.

"First of all I hope he's OK", Ovechkin said. In any other sport, you can jaw all you want and nothing is going to happen.

Players sometimes get a little too bold and forget their place. "We knew we needed to get this win, not just for us, but for him", said Hurricanes rookie Warren Foegele, according to CBC.

It was Ovechkin's first fight since December 12, 2010. That brawl was called to an end by referees when the duo tumbled to the ice.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russian Federation, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. Monday's bout was just the fourth fight of his career, and the first in eight years. He asked me to fight and said, 'Let's go.' I hope he's OK.

In the Twittersphere, folks appear to be pretty torn up about the fight. Washington has a 2-1 series lead, with Game 4 on Thursday in Raleigh.

The Hurricanes weren't happy with Ovechkin, as you can imagine, with head coach Rod Brind'Amour saying that the Capitals forward jumped Svechnikov.

The fight occurred in the first period of Game 3 of the first round playoff matchup between the Capitals and the Hurricanes.

Ovi hip checks a guy and goes after Dubinsky. So that stuff bothers me.

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