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Video: Caps’ Hillen injured (shoulder) by Lecavalier hit, placed on IR

Jan 21, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals announced that defenseman Jack Hillen is “week-to-week” with a shoulder injury after sustaining this hit from Vincent Lecavalier in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Lightning:

The hit occurred midway through the second period and forced Hillen from the contest. The injury appears to be to his left shoulder, though it’s unclear exactly what the ailment is.

Lecavalier wasn’t penalized on the play.

According to CSN Washington, the Caps have recalled defenseman Tomas Kundratek to take Hillen’s place in the lineup.

Kundratek, 23, leads AHL Hershey in defenseman scoring (13 goals) and is a right-handed shot, like Hillen. It’s possible he’ll replace Hillen in the lineup for Tuesday’s home opener against the Jets, though head coach Adam Oates could switch things up from the seven defensemen and 11 forwards he dressed on Saturday.

CSN’s Chuck Gormley said it’s “expected” that Oates will go with 12 forwards against Winnipeg, giving Caps winger Eric Fehr a chance to make his season debut and go up against the team he played for last season.

Winnipeg didn’t offer Fehr a new contract this past summer, and Washington inked him to a one-year deal at the start of training camp.

  1. killerpgh - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I don’t think it was a dirty hit, but that looks like the text book definition of a boarding penalty.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Wasnt dirty, but definately was a penalty. It cost the Caps too. Hillen looked like the only decent defenseman before he was forced from the game.

    • supercoop8 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      I wouldn’t call a shoulder to shoulder hit the textbook definition of boarding

      • killerpgh - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        I agree it was shoulder to shoulder. But that has nothing to do with boarding. Look up NHL rule 41.1.

      • supercoop8 - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        I understand your point that the penalty is merited based partly on the severity of the impact. The point I was I making is that the rule uses the term “defenseless” a number of times to which a shoulder to shoulder hit is much less reckless then the typical hit from behind. I just think it is a call that can go either way though I hate to see a player go down; seems like there have been a litany of injuries in a season only a few days old.

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