“It’s just an honour to have met with him”
Andre Svechnikov speaking in 2018
He seemed dazed as he was helped off the ice.
Both fighters were given a five-minute fighting major.
The Hurricanes later announced Svechnikov wouldn’t return to the game due to an upper-body injury.
They had seemed to be good friends after meeting last spring ahead of the NHL’s entry draft.
Ovechkin wished the aspiring ice hockey star Svechnikov luck, he reported.
Speaking to US media, Svechnikov said: “It’s just an honour to have met with him.”
He went on: “Ovechkin just told me good luck in the draft and you will go high.”
The Capitals went on to win the game 5-0, with Carolina now trailing the best-of-seven series 2-0.
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