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BLOG: Eakins on the Clifford hit

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

In the first period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the victim of a knee-on-knee hit by Kyle Clifford. Upon review of the replay it appeared that Clifford stuck his leg out to catch Nugent-Hopkins with a hit.

No penalty was called on that hit, however Nugent-Hopkins left the game for a few minutes before returning. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakns commented on that play after the game.

“Well anytime you get a guy that sticks out his knee and knees a guy we all hold our breath," said Eakins. "Nuge was able to return, and then we will have to reassess him. Sometimes these things get worse overnight. Right now we are hopeful that he dodged a bullet on a bad hit.”

The 'bad hit' earned retribution in the form of Ryan Jones who, later in the game, fought with the Kings player.

Moments later, Luke Gazdic tossed the gloves with Jordan Nolan.

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