Canes' Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 after concussion

Canes' Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 after concussion

Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin was incensed following Thursday's 2-1 Game 4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes after teammate T.J. Oshie suffered an apparent shoulder injury and did not return.Oshie was checked by Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele and hit the boards shoulder-first, rolling over in agony.

The Capitals tied the score after finally gaining a foothold on the power play, with Ovechkin blasting home a one-timer at 10:35 of the second period, and the game leveled out, with both teams trading chances and nervous moments on ice that appeared to leave both offenses a little choppy. Wearing a full cage on his helmet, he had a yellow no-contact jersey.

"First of all I hope he's OK", Ovechkin said after Game 3.

The Canes and Caps have split the first 4 games and that trend continues as the Capitals are a very tough out at home and playing the puck line might be a solid bet too. They exchanged a couple of punches before Ovechkin knocked out Svechnikov, which ultimately put him in concussion protocol and kept him out of the lineup. "I'm not a superhero ask first for fight", Svechnikov said Saturday in his first interview since the incident. Finally, though, Svechnikov shared his side of the story Saturday.

"He did ask me first for a fight", Svechnikov said. Oveckin got in the biggest blows, knocking Svechnikov to the ice.

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Svechnikov added on Saturday that the fight was the result of a "back-and-forth all series" and that he was just standing up for himself. "It was just, like, fight".

Ovechkin reached out to the rookie after the game to apologize for the outcome. "I said 'sometimes (that) happens, you never know'".

The Capitals claimed victory in the first and second games on April 11 and 13, but the Hurricanes roared back Monday, beating them 5-0. The Capitals recalled depth forward Devante Smith-Pelly from the American Hockey League on Friday; he starred last postseason with seven goals, and he'll be on the fourth line for Game 5. All three have played with the Checkers this season and Brown is the team captain.

"Finishing checks and reloading and doing the little things, that's all part of our game", Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said.

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