But, during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Washington Capitals star forward didn't hesitate to drop the gloves against the Carolina Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov, who probably regrets asking Ovechkin if he wanted to go.
At 10:59 into the opening frame, the pair of Russians got tangled up behind the play in the Capitals' end.
Ovechkin landed three consecutive daggers to Svechnikov's head as the latter swung to no avail.
Ovechkin sent Svechnikov to the ice with a heavy right hand, and the 19-year-old needed assistance to get to Carolina's locker room. Both players were assessed 5-minute major penalties for the fight.
The Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov just learned that the hard way. Ovechkin has never fought in the playoffs. He won't return to the game due to an upper-body injury, according to the Hurricanes' public relations staff. The Capitals lead the best-of-seven first round series 2-1. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 National Hockey League draft has played in every game for the Hurricanes this season, scoring 20 goals and 17 assists. The pair met last spring ahead of the NHL's entry draft and Ovechkin wished the aspiring NHLer luck.