Alexander Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov

Aubrey Yates
April 16, 2019

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Svechnikov asked Ovechkin to fight despite giving up almost 40 pounds to the Russian machine.

There's debate over whether or not Ovi pushed Svechnikov down onto the ice, but the slow motion replay looks like he may have just lost his balance.

Ovechkin challenged Svechnikov to the fight after the 19-year-old cross-checked him several times in front of Washington's net.

What did you think of Ovechkin's crushing knockout of Andrei Svechnikov? Ovechkin won in an absolute landslide.

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According to Hockey Fights, Ovechkin had three prior battles on his resume, while Svechnikov had only one.

The two had been pushing and shoving before dropping the gloves during Game 3 of the first-round playoff match-up, which the defending champ Washington led 2-0 as the series shifted to Carolina.

For Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick in last year's draft who helped lead the Hurricanes back into the postseason, it was his first fight in the big leagues.

In addition to his Game 3 fight, Ovechkin has now fought four times in his National Hockey League career.

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