Rod Brind’Amour on Alex Ovechkin’s fight: ‘It made me sick’ – Russian Machine Never Breaks

Written by on 16/04/2019

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Brennin Weiswerda


April 16, 2019 12:31 am

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour couldn’t say anything specific about Andre Svechnikov’s injury resulting from the fight with Alex Ovechkin. By that point the rookie had already been taken to the hospital. Brind’Amour did have more to say about the Capitals captain.

Svechnikov, one of the Canes rising stars who just turned 19 in March, “has a special bond with our group,” Brind’Amour said, “and me too. So when you see (him get injured like) that, it makes you sick. I’m still sick to my stomach about it.”

Brind’Amour said Ovechkin slashed Svechnikov multiple times, and after Svechnikov returned the blows, Ovechkin instigated the fight. “I don’t know if there’s words exchanged,” he admitted, “but one guy’s gloves come off way first, and that’s Ovi, that’s not our guy.

“I just heard Ovi talk about it,” Brind’Amour said. “He said our guy challenged him, so if that’s the case, it’s a little different.”

Ovechkin is a larger, more experienced player than Svechnikov, with four–now five–fights under his belt. For Svechnikov, “it’s his first fight, he’s played 90 games, he’s never fought in his life, and I’m pretty sure Ovi knew that,” Brind’Amour said. “That stuff bothers me.”

In his interview, Ovechkin was clear that Svechnikov was the one who invited the fight, and he just responded with “let’s go.”

Whether Svechnikov’s age and experience should have factored more into Ovechkin’s decisions or the public’s judgment, is a topic of hot debate.

I’m seeing a lot of this and I completely disagree.

Svechnikov is old enough to be in the league, he’s got the physical maturity of a 25 year old, and he was the one who challenged. It’s not Ovechkin’s job to be his dad.

— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 16, 2019

The coach wasn’t the only Cane concerned about their injured player. Warren Foegele, who scored twice in the match, is one of his closest teammates.

Foegele on Svechnikov: unfortunate situation but that’s my brother. He’s one of my best friends. We stand up for each other.

— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) April 16, 2019

Dougie Hamilton, who also scored twice in the match, said it was on his mind throughout the game.

Dougie says he couldn’t stop thinking about Svechnikov all game. Story to come obviously with full quote

— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) April 16, 2019

“It’s done,” Brind’Amour concluded. “I’m proud of our group to just come back and play the game.”

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