#6 Alex Ovechkin vs. Andrei Svechnikov
In Washington’s first round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes in April of 2019, Andrei Svechnikov tried to go up against Alex Ovechkin. Big mistake and the great eight made it look too easy.
The Caps won Games 1 and 2 at Capital One Arena before the scene shifted to Raleigh, North Carolina. With the Hurricanes up 1-0 that’s when the incident happened. Unfortunately that was the only positive for the Caps as they dropped that game then proceeded to lose Game 4.
The Caps would win Game 5 before dropping Games 6 and 7. It would be their first of three straight first round defeats after winning the Stanley Cup. Whether we would like to admit it or not, a new rivalry is born between these two teams and games and fights like this one fueled it.
This was my favorite Alex Ovechkin fight for a variety of reasons. The first was because he stood up for himself. The second is he showed why he is the best in the league and that nobody should ever mess with the great eight.
This fight would’ve been ranked higher if the Caps had gone on to win this series. They didn’t so that’s why this fight is sort of in the middle of the pack.