UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -New York Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen was taken to the hospital on Tuesday night after being struck in the face by a hard shot from Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.
The Islanders said Hillen was taken to the hospital by ambulance to be evaluated. He had skated off the ice with assistance after being hurt during the first period.
Hillen was protecting the area in front of goalie Dwayne Roloson during a power play when Ovechkin wound up for a drive in between the blue line and the circles. Hillen appeared to be hit in the chin and immediately dropped to the ice with 2:31 left in the period.
Blood pooled in front of Hillen as he was tended to by medical staff. Ovechkin also checked on Hillen, who skated off despite a stretcher being wheeled onto the ice. Hillen remained down on his knees, hunched over, for several minutes before being helped to his feet.
Teammates and Ovechkin tapped their sticks on the ice in hockey applause fashion as Hillen went down the tunnel.