Ovechkin knocks Svechnikov to ice in ruthless fight

VIDEO: Alexander Ovechkin Lays Out Andrei Svechnikov in Fight

Alex Ovechkin absolutely destroys Hurricanes' rookie in brutal fight

The two Russians fought with 9:01 left in the first period, 86 seconds after Warren Foegele put the Hurricanes up 1-0.

During tonight's game three matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes, Washington captain Alexander Ovechkin made a decision to drop the gloves with Andrei Svechnikov. The two dropped gloves to brawl before Ovechkin pummeled rookie Svechnikov with three right jabs. Svechnikov remained down on the ice after the bout and then had to be helped off to the locker room.

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

It was Ovechkin's first fight since December 12, 2010 when he got involved with Brandon Dubinsky.

Both players received 5-minute fighting majors. Washington entered the evening up 2-0 in the series.

The Hurricanes also announced that Micheal Ferland will not return to Monday's game.

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