An Ovechkin slapshot to Jack Hillen's mouth
UPDATE: Via Islanders Authorized, Hillen is out for 6-8 weeks "with a broken jaw and damaged teeth. After taking an Alex Ovechkin slap-shot to the face last night, Hillen was rushed to hospital for further evaluation. He was in surgery last night and into the morning to insert plates into his jaw."
I tried to have a bit of fun with the story of Jimmy Cafritz, the longtime Caps fan and former team director who took a puck to the skull last week, shed lots of blood, went to the hospital and managed to go home and finish off his 80th birthday party that night.
The story of Jack Hillen, though, seems a bit less fun. The Islanders defenseman did what hockey defensemen do, throwing his face in front of an Alex Ovechkin slapshot at close range. The results were about what you'd expect; a pool of blood, a lot of quiet fans and scared players, and a trip to the hospital.
"It's the game of hockey, but you never want to see a player go down like that," Jason Chimera said, via FanHouse. "He took the full force of the shot. Difficult to watch."
"I was worried for the young man," Bruce Boudreau said, via Tarik. "We hate that. When you've got kids playing hockey, and you see that, you just hope his face is okay."
"Obviously once he went down, I knew it wasn't going to be good," Islanders Coach Scott Gordon said, via NHL.com.
The medical staff brought out a stretcher, but being a hockey player, Hillen skated off the ice on his own power. Ovechkin checked up on him before he left the ice, and the Caps joined everyone else in cheering for Hillen, tapping their sticks on the ice. Newday reports that a medical update is expected Wednesday morning. Here's hoping for the best.
January 27, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
Categories: Caps | Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals, Jack Hillen, slapshot
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