On Tuesday, Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour provided an update on the status of Andrei Svechnikov, who was knocked out after absorbing three punches from the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin in Game Three.
Time will tell if the Hurricanes turned the momentum of the series with a decisive victory, but it's not like anyone will remember Game 3 for their 5-0 whitewashing of the Capitals.
The 19-year-old Svechnikov who was taken No. 2 overall in last year's draft has two goals and an assist in the series.
During tonight's game three matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes, Washington captain Alexander Ovechkin made a decision to drop the gloves with Andrei Svechnikov. He received a five-minute major penalty.
Brind'Amour added that Svechnikov is in concussion protocol and went to the hospital Monday night, though everything "checked out", according to the team's senior web producer, Michael Smith.
However, Carolina leads tonight's Game 3 1-0 after one period.
"First of all I hope he's OK", Ovechkin said.
Ovechkin obviously rarely fights, with his last brawl coming in December of 2010.
"From seeing him now, he looks normal and he feels great", Brind'Amour said, "So that's a real positive sign".
"It's a little bit frustrating, because he got hurt, it's his first fight", Brind'Amour said. We're always careful. This year, we've dealt with [concussions] with I don't know how many guys and when they were ready to come back, we waited weeks after. It was his first in the playoffs, while Svechnikov had not been in a fight all season. "You're right: I'm not a big fighter". So that stuff bothers me. "He's played 90 games, he's never fought in his life, and I'm pretty sure Ovi knew that", he said. In any other sport, you can jaw all you want and nothing is going to happen.