In a hit somewhat reminiscent of the one that took Roman Polak out of the playoffs, Nazem Kadri collided with Alex Ovechkin at very high speed. The point of impact appears to be Ovechkin’s knee. Ovechkin stayed down on the ice for a short time, and then had to be helped off. He wasn’t putting any weight on his leg.
Kadri received a two-minute penalty for tripping. Both the crowd and the Capitals were incensed at the penalty.
On the ensuing power play, as has to seem almost inevitable, T.J. Oshie scored from Nicklas Backstrom making it 1-0 for Washington. They are, of course, Ovechkin’s usual linemates.
This view shows you the full speed of the play, and you can see that Kadri was low, bent over, on the hit.
The Kadri hit on Ovechkin. pic.twitter.com/DSprfCZAQU— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) April 21, 2017
The slowed down version looks worse.
UPDATE: Ovechkin came out for the second period, and seemed unaffected. To say that’s a surprise is an understatement. He seemed very incapacitated from what looked like clipping, or something close to it.
And before the second period began, there was some sort of thing between Ovechkin and Matt Martin.
So, before puck drop, Ovechkin skated by Matt Martin and stuck him with a stick, then Martin had some words and stick gestures back. Uhm.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 22, 2017