National Hockey League

Hurricanes crush Capitals, 5-0, after Alex Ovechkin KO's Andrei Svechnikov

Credit Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour for keeping Teravainen, Aho and Niederreiter together despite the losses on the bench.

The team didn’t register its first shot on net until there were 4 minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the frame, a soft backhand attempt by Ovechkin that ended a 23-minute drought.

It was a routine stop, but it’s notable because it is the only shot on goal this period for Washington which is in danger of being run out of the building if it can’t turn around the momentum of this game, which is fully in favor of the Hurricanes.

Ironically, Ovechkin’s first-period success comes in spite of Carolina Coach Rod Brind’Amour matching up his top line (Niederreiter, Aho and Teravainen) as a means of slowing him down.

No penalty was called but T.J. Oshie and several other Capitals took exception, sparking a bit of a scrum before the teams retreated to their locker rooms for intermission.

College sports tend to rule in the South, and we’ve seen hockey games in these markets take on a similar vibe with scripted chanting.

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