Ovechkin injures Carolina's Svechnikov with punch to face

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The Carolina Hurricanes pulled one shoulder up off the mat on Monday.

Rookie forward Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Dougie Hamilton also scored twice and the Hurricanes routed the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night in their first home playoff game since 2009.

It was as complete a 60-minute game that Carolina played - forechecking and backchecking end-to-end, and not backing down from a Washington squad that had beat them six times this season.

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour made the announcement, saying he assumed that Svechnikov would miss Thursday's Game 4.

"They have been under various confrontations throughout the season and I can understand Andrei Svechnikov, who is in his first year with the NHL, wants to secure his berth in the league and to prove something to everyone", Nikolishin said in an interview with TASS. "Everybody plays to win and that's what it's all about". "I'll just leave it at that".

The result: Carolina's most lopsided postseason victory since a 5-0 win over Edmonton in Game 2 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final. This was about a rookie learning a valuable lesson at the hands of a superstar.

A split second later, the gloves came off and Ovechkin responded with three lightning punches flooring the 19-year-old Russian rookie in the blink of an eye.

Being escorted off the ice with training staff on either side of him, the forward had played just five shifts, registering a shot on goal and a hit to his credit.

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"He has a special bond with our group, with me too. I'm still sick to my stomach about it".

First, Micheal Ferland went to the locker room and was later ruled out for the game with an upper body injury.

Mikko Rantanen and Matt Nieto had a goal and an assist each, Erik Johnson also scored, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots for eighth-seeded Colorado, which took a 2-1 series lead over the top-seeded Flames.

When asked Tuesday if fighting is still necessary in hockey, Brind'Amour said: "I don't know if it's ever been necessary". "We all battled together". It's always been my stance to not talk negatively talk about another team's players. The single effort set a franchise record for fewest in a period for a road playoff game, according to NHL.com's Tom Gulitti.

By then, Hamilton had started his scoring binge, ripping a pair of power-play shots past Holtby, with his two insurance goals equaling his previous career playoff total.

"We just stopped playing", captain Alex Ovechkin said.

"You know, we didn't deserve to win". "We're certainly not going to rush him back".