The defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals, are currently in their first round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. Heading into last night’s game, the Capitals were up 2-0 in the series, although that all changed when they lost by a score of 5-0 in game three. The game itself was the last thing on people’s minds though as Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin, and Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov got into a huge fight in the first period.
Both players were getting chippy when they both decided to drop the gloves. Ovechkin made quick work of Svechnikov, landing three clean punches right in his face. Svechnikov fell to the ice and had a hard time getting up all while Ovi was fine. It was a scary sight for the 19-year-old star whose teammates rallied behind him as he never came back to the game.
“We all battled together. All 20 guys battled hard. … [Svechnikov is] our brother, and we stand up for each other. We knew we needed to get this win, not just for us, but for him,” said Hurricanes rookie Warren Foegele, according to CBC.
Despite the loss, the Capitals still hold a 2-1 lead in the series as game four goes down on Thursday.