Alex Ovechkin fought Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov in the first period of Game Three. Ovechkin knocked Svechnikov out with three straight rights and the rookie forward did not return to the game. The Hurricanes rode the momentum to a dominant, physical 5-0 victory.
The tensions did not end after the buzzer sounded. Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour said the fight “made me sick”. Svechnikov’s older brother Evgeny, who plays in the Detroit Red Wings organization, went a more cryptic route.
The 22-year-old forward sent a threat to Ovechkin through his Instagram story. Using a line from the film A Nightmare on Elm Street, Evgeny posted the words “One, Two, Freddy’s coming for you” and tagged Ovechkin’s account.