The New York Islanders
lost a game and a defenseman Tuesday night.
was taken to the hospital after being struck in the face by a hard shot from Washington's Alex Ovechkin
in the first period of the Capitals' 7-2 win at the Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders said Hillen was taken to the hospital by ambulance to be evaluated. He had skated off the ice with assistance.
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 the Isles' 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.
"When I saw it hit him, it was kind of a delayed reaction on Jack's part," Isles coach Scott Gordon
said after the game. "Obviously once he went down, I knew it wasn't going to be good."
Teammates and Ovechkin tapped their sticks on the ice in hockey applause fashion as Hillen went down the tunnel.