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Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov says Alex Ovechkin asked him to fight in Game 3



Carolina's forward Andrei Svechnikov said Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin challenged him to the Game 3 was that knocked out of the hurricanes rookie and put him in the NHL's concussion protocol. Ovechkin previously had said it was Svechnikov who asked to fight.

At Saturday's morning skate before Game 5, Svechnikov spoke with reporters for the first time since the fight and said he was "not a superhero [to] ask first for fight. I said yes. I just want to stand up for myself. "Svechnikov said the fight ensued because it was just" back and forth "all series;

According to Svechnikov, Ovechkin, who has only been in three career fights, called him "a little bit."

"I said sometimes it happen, "Svechnikov said," You never know. "

Each coach has now come under the same threat I've got it okay, "Ovechkin said after Game 3." I said, 'Let's go, yeah.' So, I hope it's okay something. "

Svechnikov, who did not play in Thursday's Game 4, in the Hurricanes' morning skate Saturday at Capital One in a yellow, noncontact jersey and with a full face cage mask. He was put in the concussion protocol following Game 3 on Monday, but as of Saturday, he said he felt "pretty good" and

Carolina Coach Rod Brind'Amour was noncommittal about the timetable of Svechnikov's return, other than that, "coming along really well." Svechnikov had 20 goals and 17 assists during the regular season. "

" So, until they tell me that's even a possibility, I'm just going on as if he will not be [ready to play]"Brind'Amour said.

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