Wings’ Svechnikov threatens Ovie with 'Nightmare' after he KO’s brother
The gloves are off this lopsided fight between 19-year-old Andrei Svechnikov and Alexander Ovechkin. Click here to see a video of the fight.
The Red Wings’ Evgeny Svechnikov sent a special message to Alexander Ovechkin via an Instagram account.
It came after the Washington Capitals’ superstar knocked out Svechnikov’s brother, Andrei, in a fight on Monday night during Game 3 of the first round Stanley Cup Playoff series between Washington and the Carolina Hurricanes, at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
Evgeny Svechnikov, who missed the entire season because of a torn right ACL in Detroit’s final preseason game, used a “Freddy Krueger” theme – from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies – in an Instagram post of an apparent threat, in which he tagged Ovechkin’s official Instagram account:
“One, two Freddy’s coming for you.”
That’s the first line from a nursery-style song in one of the movies. Here's the full version:
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
Three, four, better lock your door.
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, gonna stay up late.
Nine, ten, never sleep again.”
In the “Nightmare” movies, Krueger, who has sharp blades protruding from the fingers of one of his hands, haunts the dreams of teens.
Evgengy Svechnikov, 22, was born on Halloween.
Andrei Svechnikov is under concussion protocol after the fight, according to Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour, a Michigan State alum. He will miss at least Thursday night’s Game 4 of the series in which the Hurricanes trail 2-1 after winning 5-0 on Monday night.
Ovechkin, 33, and 6-3, 235 pounds, has long been known for his willingness and effectiveness at playing a physical game, though this was only the fourth fight of his 14-season career and first since 2010.
Svechnikov, who turned 19 in late March, is listed at 6-2 and 195 pounds.
“First of all, I hope he’s OK,” Ovechkin told reporters at PNC Arena following the game. “You’re right: I’m not a big fighter … He asked me to fight, I said, ‘Let’s go, yeah.’ So, I hope he’s OK. You don’t want to see a guy get hurt or something.”
But Brind’Amour isn’t buying it.
“How do you comment on it?” the coach asked. “It’s a little bit tough because I just heard Ovie talk about it: He said our guy challenged him. If that’s the case, it’s a little different. But if you watch the video, because I got to watch it, he slashes him twice, Ovie – whack, whack – and then Svech gives it back. And then, I don’t know if there’s words exchanged, but one guy’s gloves come off way first. And that’s Ovie, it’s not our guy.”
The younger Svechnikov was the second overall pick in last year’s NHL draft and had 20 goals and 37 points in 82 games as a rookie and added two goals and three points in less than three full playoff games.
Ovechkin’s 51 goals this season allowed him to lead the league in goals for the eighth time, an NHL record.