Alex Ovechkin throws a punch at Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov all the way through a first-period struggle. (Toni L. Sandys\/The Washington Put up) In his first struggle since 2010, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin landed a number of onerous blows to knock out Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov within the first era of Monday\u2019s first-round playoff sport. Svechnikov remained down at the ice after the bout and needed to be helped to the dressing room. He was once later dominated out for the sport. Svechnikov challenged Ovechkin to the struggle after the 2 exchanged slashes kind of 11 mins into the sport. Ovechkin agreed to the bout, shedding his gloves. Ovechkin is 40 kilos heavier than Svechnikov. This was once simply the fourth struggle of Ovechkin\u2019s occupation and his first within the playoffs. \u201cTo begin with, I am hoping he\u2019s ok,\u201d Ovechkin mentioned. \u201cI\u2019m now not a large fighter, and he\u2019s the similar. He requested me to struggle and mentioned, \u2018Let\u2019s cross.\u2019 I am hoping he\u2019s ok. You don\u2019t need to see a man get harm or one thing.\u201d [Tom Wilson\u2019s battered hands tell the story of being a hockey brawler] Hurricanes Trainer Rod Brind\u2019Amour implied after the sport that Ovechkin shouldn\u2019t have authorised the struggle. \u201cIt\u2019s a little bit bit difficult as a result of I simply heard Ovi discuss it. He mentioned our man challenged him,\u201d he mentioned. "So if that\u2019s the case, it\u2019s a little bit other. In case you watch the video, [Ovechkin] slashes him two times ... then Svech will get him again. I don\u2019t know if there\u2019s phrases exchanged, however one man\u2019s gloves comes off method first \u2014 and that\u2019s Ovi, now not our man. "So it\u2019s a little bit bit irritating as a result of he were given harm. It\u2019s his first struggle. He\u2019s performed 90 video games. He\u2019s by no means fought in his lifestyles, and I\u2019m beautiful certain Ovi knew that. In order that stuff bothers me.\u201d Svechnikov, a 19-year-old Russian scoring winger, had mentioned previous within the collection that Ovechkin is anyone he appeared as much as as a child. The No. 2 pick out within the 2018 draft performed in each and every sport for the Hurricanes within the common season, scoring 20 targets and including 17 assists. He had two targets in Sport 1 of this collection and an lend a hand in Sport 2. [Capitals\u2019 Game 3 loss to Hurricanes exposes a key missing piece on the blue line] \u201cI stored serious about him the entire sport," Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton mentioned. \u201cI simply hated seeing that. I simply hated the entire a part of it, simply one thing you by no means need to see. I simply really feel so unhealthy for him, and confidently he will get higher quickly.\u201d Mentioned Washington goaltender Braden Holtby: \u201cHe\u2019s a child that takes a large number of affordable photographs and that roughly factor. It was once playoff hockey. However the largest factor is we didn\u2019t reply really well after it. We roughly wasted that power that he created.\u201d If any workforce were given momentum from the struggle, it was once the Hurricanes, who ruled the Capitals in a Five-Zero win in Sport three. Washington nonetheless has a 2-1 collection lead, however the workforce wasted a possibility with Carolina down two forwards for lots of the sport. Along with Svechnikov happening, Micheal Ferland suffered an undisclosed upper-body damage within the first era. Ovechkin has finished a little bit little bit of the whole thing to begin the collection, scoring a function in Sport 1, putting in two in Sport 2 and handing over 15 hits around the 3 contests. Don\u2019t be expecting to peer him preventing once more anytime quickly. \u201cIt\u2019s now not like I used to be anticipating him to get beat up or anything else,\u201d Capitals defenseman John Carlson mentioned. "I wouldn\u2019t problem him to struggle.\u201d Learn extra from The Put up: Christian Djoos has slightly observed the ice those playoffs. His coaches need that to switch. This might be Brooks Orpik\u2019s final run with the Capitals. He\u2019s making it rely. Jerry Brewer: Capitals in keep watch over the place it in point of fact issues Carolina captain Justin Williams helped flip the Capitals into Stanley Cup champions How smartly do you consider the Capitals\u2019 Stanley Cup run? Take our quiz.