UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -New York Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen will miss six to eight weeks with a broken jaw and damaged teeth caused by a slap shot from Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.
The Islanders said on Wednesday that the 24-year-old Hillen remains hospitalized following surgery late Tuesday night after being injured in the first period of New York's 7-2 home loss. He is expected to be discharged on Thursday.
Hillen was in front of goalie Dwayne Roloson during a power play when Ovechkin wound up for a drive from between the blue line and the circles. The puck appeared to hit Hillen in the chin and mouth, dropping him with 2:31 left in the period.
Blood pooled on the ice as Hillen was treated by medical staff, who later assisted him off.