Every now and then, we’re reminded hockey’s a dangerous sport. Like in the second period of Friday’s Caps-Jackets matchup when a puck hit the Verizon Center jumbotron and part of the screen fell off. Then later in the game, TJ Oshie accidentally wrangled down Andre Burakovsky by the neck with his stick.
That was scary, but Oshie and Burakovsky joked about it later.
“He’s fine, he’s fine,” Oshie told RMNB’s Chris Gordon of Burakovsky. “He was laughing about it after the period.”
“I don’t even know what you’d call it,” Oshie said of the play. “I actually felt my stick flex as it was like on his face and then whip after he flew off. I didn’t know who it was at first. I looked back and he was upside down flying through the air.”
As the two Capitals skated by each other, Oshie’s stick gets intertwined around Burakovsky’s waist. The stick then slides up Burakovsky’s chest, then around the young Swede’s neck before knocking him off balance.
A closer look reveals the side of Burakovsky’s head bounced off the ice.
Burakovsky, who was visibly writhing in pain on the bench, would not miss a shift. Thankfully, he’s okay.
Photo: Patrick McDermott