By Chris Gordon
With the Colorado Avalanche fighting for the final spot in the West and the Washington Capitals trying to get Braden Holtby his 47th win of the season, Friday’s late season game took on a furious pace, full of end-to-end action. The energetic play took a scary turn about five minutes into the second period when Tom Wilson unleashed an explosive hit on Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
We all know about Wilson’s reputation around the NHL, but this hit was completely clean. The puck was there and Wilson’s hit was delivered shoulder to chest. Zadarov had his head down and Wilson stopped skating before delivering it.
Unfortunately, Zadorov went down hard, looking dazed as he lay on his back on the ice. He exited the game, presumedly to undergo the NHL’s concussion protocol.
The hit was reminiscent of Wilson’s hit on Lubomir Visnovsky during the Capitals’ first round playoff series with the New York Islanders.
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