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National Hockey League knockout: Alex Ovechkin takes down rookie with punch to face

National Hockey League knockout: Alex Ovechkin takes down rookie with punch to face

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

It's a lesson teenager Andrei Svechnikov will never forget.

The 19-year-old dropped to the floor like a stone and didn't get up for several moments.

Linesman Scott Cherrey pulls Alex Ovechkin off of Andrei Svechnikov during the first period.

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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. Dubinsky won the fight, ending up on top of Ovechkin after the two landed a couple of punches.

Capitals stars not on the ice banged their sticks against the barrier in support of their fearless leader, who was taken to the penalty box while Svechnikov lay on the ice in a daze.

In addition to his Game 3 fight, Ovechkin has now fought four times in his National Hockey League career. Washington, however, still leads the series 2-1.