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Video: Caps’ Erat leaves game after ugly boarding incident

Apr 6, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

Scary sight in Sunrise from tonight’s Caps-Panthers game — Washington forward Martin Erat was nailed from behind by Florida’s Erik Gudbranson with about five minutes to go in the first period, and forced to leave the game:

Erat was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice by his teammates. Gudbranson was given a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct — the Caps proceeded to make good with the man advantage, as Alex Ovechkin scored his 21st goal of the year.

The 31-year-old Czech hasn’t returned to action at the time of writing, and the Caps are saying his return is questionable.

Update: According to CBC’s Andi Petrillo, the NHL confirmed it is reviewing the hit, but won’t decide if Gudbranson will face a hearing until after the game.

  1. missthemexpos - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    That has to be 3 games minimum.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Not surprisingly, the FLA broadcast crew was in disagreement with the penalty assessed.

  3. danaking - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    He earned his penalty. The referees have to start to get more consistent with these calls. This hit on Erat is only a little worse than the push he gave Malkin a few weeks ago, and he got no penalty at all for that. The boy is getting a reputation.

  4. trick9 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Kaleta got 5 games for hit that was only bit worse than this. Needless late hit on unsuspecting player.

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