In the same week of his return to Washington, Nate Schmidt also had a mini reunion with former Capitals teammate Joel Ward in San Jose.
Disaster struck in the second period when the two came together in the Sharks offensive zone.
Yikes. Nate Schmidt takes Joel Ward into the boards. Ward was very slow getting up. Immediate concern from Schmidt. pic.twitter.com/u2nZRArmwy
— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) February 9, 2018
— Teal Town USA (@TealTownUSA) February 9, 2018
As Ward collected a loose puck and attempted to curl towards the boards, Schmidt hit him in the back, causing The Big Cheese to slam shoulder first into the wall.
Schmidt was immediately concerned about his friend, cradling Ward to a stop and checking to see if he was okay.
Nate Schmidt brought Joel Ward down but stayed with him to make sure he was okay. They were teammates in Washington.
— Knights On Ice (@knightsonice) February 9, 2018
Ward would leave the game favoring his shoulder.
Joel Ward to the Sharks' room after that hit by Schmidt along the wall to the right of Fleury. Still 2-1 Knights with 12:17 left in 2nd.
— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) February 9, 2018
Here are more photos of the incident via INDTVUSA.
Get well soon, Wardo!
Headline photo: Don Smith
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