The Caps will need someone to step up in his place as they head back to Washington with the series all knotted up at 2-2. "You don't like to see that, but more than anything, he was just not ready for the hit". Let's start looking into what to think about and a developing storyline in the series. Svechnikov is one of three Carolina forwards out with injury, along with Micheal Ferland and Jordan Martinook. But the thing with Osh is no matter what he's going to find a way to have a positive impact on our team, whether in or out.
Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov (37) who was sidelined this week with a concussion following a fight with Alex Ovechkin, skates with his teammates on Saturday, April 20, 2018 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Svechnikov said he hopes to play in game six of the series against the Capitals.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie is highly unlikely to play again this postseason, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. "It's an extremely unsafe play and [Oshie] will not be with our team for a while". Carolina caught the Capitals with an early 2-on-nobody rush and Jaccob Slavin passed to Foegele, who scored into an open net. With a decrease in reliable troops, it will be important these players continue to add points.
"He plays the game so hard". However, the Canes have looked unsafe in these playoffs, even in their two losses, and while a win in Washington is a different beast they are going to have to get one on the road if they're going to move on to the next round.
Alex Ovechkin was very frustrated with his team's effort in Raleigh.
"First of all I hope he's OK", Ovechkin said after Game 3. "You have to go out there and play your game".
We'll see what happens regarding Foegele and Oshie, but if there were any concerns about these two teams drumming up the playoff disdain many love to see in hockey, then you can probably put those worries to bed.
The two Russians had exchanged a few hits and slashes in the first two games of the Eastern Conference playoff series in Washington - the Canes' 19-year-old rookie challenging one of the league's top stars and the best Russian-born NHL player.