Linesman Scott Cherrey pulls Alex Ovechkin off of Andrei Svechnikov during the first period.
Andrei Svechnikov had to know who he was picking a fight with.
Ovechkin, the playoff-hardened Stanley Cup champion of a year ago, appeared to knock Svechnikov out with a series of right hands.
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russian Federation, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. All it took was three devastating and frankly scary blows to the face before the outmatched 19-year-old was lying prone on the ice. Both players were assessed 5-minute major penalties for the fight. As per the Hurricanes, the rookie would not return to Monday's game. Washington entered the evening up 2-0 in the series.