Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has been placed in the concussion protocol, according to head coach Rod Brind'Amour.
Svechnikov left Game 3 in the first period after fighting Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. The Hurricanes' 19-year-old rookie did not return to the game and was taken to and subsequently released from the hospital.
"Seeing him now, he looks normal and feels great," Brind'Amour said on Tuesday morning. "That's a real positive sign."
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Svechnikov, who tallied two goals and an assist in the first two games of this first-round series, is unlikely to play in Game 4 on Thursday.
"We're going to be real careful. We're always careful," Brind'Amour said. "We're certainly not going to rush him back."
In other injury news, Brind'Amour had no further update on Micheal Ferland, who also departed Game 3 in the first period with a reaggravated upper-body concern.