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Canes try to move on from Svechnikov injury, prepare for Game 4

April 18, 2019

Canes star forward Andrei Svechnikov will likely miss Game 4 against the Capitals after his fight with Caps legend and captain Alex Ovechkin.

The rookie went to the hospital Monday night, and he’s in concussion protocol.

After the game ended, Ovechkin said Svechnikov asked him to fight him.

On Tuesday, head coach Rod Brind’Amour hinted that Svechnikov had a different take on what prompted the altercation.

Brind’Amour said, “There’s two versions of the story going around, I’ll just leave it at that.”

Whatever version is true, the outcome is still the same. There’s a possibility the Canes will be without their star forward for a while.

“That’s the worst part of it, when guys get hurt,” said Brind’Amour. “That’s always tough to see.”

Michael Ferland also left the game with an injury but Brind’Amour had no update on if he’ll be back for Game 4. Brind’Amour didn’t want to dwell on the injuries. Instead, he focused on his team’s total dominance against the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Brind’Amour smiled, “It was night and day from the game before.”

Brind’Amour hopes the crowd continues to act as the Canes’ ‘seventh man.’

“Hopefully the building will be the same,” said Brind’Amour. “Hopefully it will be. We can feed off that. That’s where home ice makes a difference, and obviously we need every advantage we can get.”

While the Canes trail the Caps 2-1, Brind’Amour understands the Caps will be bounce back quickly.

Brind’Amour explained, “They’re still up 2-1. Halfway through that game you could see it. They were thinking about the next game.”

As Carolina heads into Game 4, the first year head coach says they needed this day off during the playoff grind.

Brind’Amour said, “There was a huge emotional investment in that game for our guys, and to have one day [off] and go again, I just don’t know. This is going to be nice, hoping anyway to reset.”