Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov in concussion protocol after fight with Ovechkin

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Svechnikov, the Hurricanes' 2nd-overall selection in the 2018 entry draft, fought fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Monday's Game 3 in Carolina - and took the worst of it.

While the forward for the Carolina Hurricanes managed to swing a few hooks in Ovi's direction, the much more experienced Washington Capitals winger dropped Svechnikov with a few direct blows with his hard right.

Svechnikov struggled to get to his feet after the fight and was helped off the ice by Hurricanes staff. Brind'Amour told the outlet that Svechnikov has undergone concussion protocols, and that he seems to be doing a lot better. Both players were assessed 5-minute major penalties for the fight. Gloves were dropped at the ninth minute after 19-year-old Svechnikov apparently provoked the captain of the Washington Capitals to lose his temper. He asked me to fight and said, 'Let's go.' I hope he's OK.

Speaking to U.S. media, Svechnikov said: "It's just an honour to have met with him". Monday's bout was just the fourth fight of his career, and the first in eight years.

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"It's a little bit frustrating, because he got hurt, it's his first fight", Brind'Amour said. So, if that's the case, it's a little different. "I'll just leave it at that", he said.

"But if you watch the video, because I got to watch it, he slashes him twice, Ovie - whack, whack - and then Svech gives it back".

Brind'Amour said he was "still sick to my stomach about it". "He has a special bond with our group, with me too", Brind'Amour said. Brown, who had 19 goals and 35 points in 70 games in the minors, has one goal and one assist in 28 National Hockey League games. He's played 90 games.