Capitals leave offense at home in Game 3 loss to Hurricanes


The result: Carolina's most lopsided postseason victory since a 5-0 win over Edmonton in Game 2 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final.

Fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin, whom Svechnikov grew up idolizing, fought the Hurricanes' 19-year-old forward in Game 3 of their Stanley Cup playoff series Monday night and dropped him to the ice, knocked out cold.

Ovechkin won in an absolute landslide. Svechnikov struggled to stand and was helped off the ice and taken to the dressing room. He left Monday's 5-0 win for Carolina, was checked at a local hospital and is in the NHL's concussion protocol. Washington, however, still leads the series 2-1. He is unlikely to play in Game 4 on Thursday.

If Ovechkin fought Svechnikov with anger, the rest of the Capitals didn't match that same anger in the second period.

After three consecutive one-goal games, Game 4 is Wednesday night in Dallas. It was immediately clear that Ovechkin delivered a brutal knockout as Svechnikov laid motionless on the ice and analyst Pierre McGuire could immediately be heard calling for trainers. "Yeah, I'm not a big fighter, and he's the same".

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With Carolina leading 1-0 just over halfway through the first period, Ovechkin and 'Canes rookie forward Andrei Svechnikov were engaging in each other's air space.

As Ovechkin skated to the penalty box for a five-minute fighting penalty, Svechnikov was flat on his back, dazed and struggling to sit up as teammates Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk skated to him. "It's just something you never want to see".

Let's hope that Svechnikov's recovery from his head injury goes smoothly and he can put this behind him.

"We just stopped playing", Washington captain Alex Ovechkin said. "That's been through his play and we talked about his play at length from Game 2 with how those plays start before he obviously executes them - some high-end rush plays with great passes".