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Video: Canes’ Skinner leaves game after big hit by Sens’ Cowen

Apr 16, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is banged up once again after a hit, this one coming from Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen (who returned from injury problems of his own on Tuesday).

Skinner already has a troubling history of concussion problems, so it’s worrisome that observers such as the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander believes that he might have visited the quiet room after that check.

The 20-year-old forward already dealt with two head injuries in the last two seasons, including some issues from February. By no means is he officially dealing with a concussion from tonight’s hit, but that’s the obvious concern.

Here’s video of the check:

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The blow was divisive depending upon who you asked.

Alexander wasn’t happy with the hit (or its defenders).

Meanwhile, the Ottawa Citizen’s Allen Panzeri believes it wasn’t dirty.

  1. atribecalledkevin - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Clean hit by Jerry Seinfeld. Dude was beast out there good to see him back.

    • deeboy - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      I don’t think there was malicious intent, but he led with the shouder and made first contact with the head. Don’t be surprised if he gets a fine and/or suspension. This is the type of hit that the NHL needs to crack down hard on. Sorry if they are different heights, but you have to protect guys heads.

      • nhloon - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Yea, tell that too Skinner’s teammate who set him up for an open ice hit. That hit was textbook shoulder cap… could anyone possibly avoid it ? Start with smart hockey, that’s the best way to protect.

  2. wethog66 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I hope The Diva will be ok.

  3. jjregan21 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Whoever sent that pass is responsible. Way to bait your own teammate

  4. jpelle82 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    excuse me if i dont shed a tear over this hit. he got hung out to dry and cowen crushed him. i think every team in the league is looking for this kind of opportunity to get a clean hit on that dirtball skinner

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