Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov in concussion protocol after fight with Ovechkin

VIDEO: Alexander Ovechkin Lays Out Andrei Svechnikov in Fight

On Tuesday, Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour provided an update on the status of Andrei Svechnikov, who was knocked out after absorbing three punches from the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin in Game Three.

While there were heavy hits and post-whistle skirmishes from the outset, it was a fight between two players who don't drop the gloves often that set the tone for the game and likely the rest of the series.

"We got maybe a little bit frustrated and too confident".

Ovi hip checks a guy and goes after Dubinsky. He asked me to fight and I said, 'let's go, yeah.' I hope he's ok.

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

If you had Ovechkin by knockout in the first period, congratulations, you just cashed. The Carolina forward fell to the ice and hit his head as the fight - which was always only going to have one victor - came to a quick and brutal end.

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Ovechkin addressed the fight after the game was over, saying "I hope [Svechnikov] is okay". "You don't want to see a guy get hurt".

"So, it's a little but frustrating, because he got hurt". The coach does not expect him to play in Game 4 on Thursday. And the first Russian fight in more than 20 years. He's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that.

The defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals, are now in their first round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"So that stuff bothers me, because that's ..."

Ovechkin won his record eighth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy this season as the league's top goal scorer. "I'll just leave it at that", he said. He had one goal and two assists in the Capitals' first two games in these playoffs.

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