Last night Andrei Svechnikov bit off a little bit more than he could chew with Alex Ovechkin.
Couple Things here:
- It is not on Alex Ovechkin to just skate away. Yes, Svechnikov is significantly younger but when somebody is hacking you, somebody is slashing you, and openly wants to go then everything is fair game. It’s the playoffs, it’s a game of inches. It is a constant battle out there and that was a situation of two guys wanting to go.
- I’m not happy he got hurt. No one wants to see a young kid like that get one punched. Just because I think fighting should always remain in the game doesn’t mean I like to see people hurt. 98% of NHL hockey players want fighting in the game and tbh it’s none of our business if we think it should be or not. These players are getting paid millions of dollars to play the best game on Earth. They know the rules, they know the repercussions and they show up to work every single day ready to give it their all.
- To the people who will say “He doesn’t care what you think”, that might be true but the amount of respect I gained for Svechnikov last night went through the roof. Alex Ovechkin is literally a bull. He is one bad mama jama and this kid had the balls to drop the mits with somebody who would eat 99% of the population alive.
- You think Carolina didn’t notice? 5-0 on home ice after your rookie got KO’d might have been what the boys needed to rally around. You know 100% that the guys on the bench were thinking, “Fuck, thats awful. But if that kids willing to go with fucking OV then lets get going. Lets get pucks deep. Lets be relentless. Lets win this game for him.” I know some people reading this are thinking, “Oh yeah a concussion is totallllllly worth a game in the playoffs”, in a snarky manner. That’s not what I’m saying. Concussions are scary, concussions are awful. I’ve had quite a few back when I played and they’re no joke. However, this is the players decision not ours, not anyone else’s. I’m simply saying, the Hurricanes took a shitty situation and turned it into dominance.
This is strictly all my opinion and if you don’t agree with it then I don’t know what to tell you. Fighting should remain in the game of hockey. Hockey is emotional and sometimes a couple guys have to chuck some knucks, thats just the way it is. Some people will never understand that because they never played the game. I can see if I hadn’t played and saw a couple guys beating each other faces in that some red flags would pop up. But guess what, thats not my decision, nor is it yours. Just because a young kid got one punched doesn’t mean we need a ton of social justice warriors telling me about concussions and whether or not fighting should be in hockey. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you think, it doesn’t matter what I think, it matters what the players think. Without them, Hockey Twitter wouldn’t have something to bitch about 24/7 just because social media gave us a voice and the notion that everyone should care what we have to think.