The Washington Capitals game against the Florida Panthers on Friday was wacky and had a bit of everything: high scoring, both starting goalies getting benched, both teams scoring three unanswered goals, a wild overtime period, and a shootout. There was also some physical play, including a controversial high hit levied by Alex Ovechkin.
Less than a minute into the second period, Ovechkin nailed Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk with a high hit at the top of the circle in the offensive zone.
The Panthers later announced that Pysyk would not be returning to the game due to an “upper body injury.”
In his postgame interview, Panthers head coach Bob Boughner expressed his opinion on the hit, calling it “a head shot.”