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Video: Caps’ Hillen hurt on Bouma hit, Wilson jumps in to scrap

Oct 3, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

Not much went right for Washington in its second game of the season.

Prior to Braden Holtby getting yanked after allowing three goals on 11 shots, Caps defenseman Jack Hillen was knocked out of the game on this hit from Calgary’s Lance Bouma:

As the video shows, Bouma was immediately challenged to a scrap by rookie forward Tom Wilson, the club’s first-round selection (16th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Hillen, 27, left the game immediately and won’t return, according to the Caps.

It’s a tough blow for the veteran defenseman — last year, he missed over half the season (25 games) with an upper-body injury.

  1. DonkeyStick - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Not a fan of either team…. I didn’t see anything wrong with the hit BUT I see something wrong with what Wilson did in that fight. He should be fined a ton and suspended for sweeping the legs out from under the Bouma. Less than 2 days after Parros hits his face on the ice he sweeps the legs out from under another player….that in my opinion is not only classless but dangerous.

    • mathieug79 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      ohh please…..

    • ithacamike - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      I agree with you that there was nothing malicious about the hit; but your comment about sweeping the legs is flat out wrong. Go watch the video again.

      • imleftcoast - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        He grabbed the leg and flipped him on his back. Watch the video yourself numbnut. You don’t do that in a fight. That rookie is going to get schooled.

  2. dan46778 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Clean hit

    • dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Definitley clean hit, no action is needed. Just extremely unfortunate the location it caught Hillen. Second season in a row he got popped so early in the season too.

  3. earpaniac - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Donkey, I was going to write the exact same thing. Hit looked fine, but the Wilson takeout looked dangerous.

  4. 7mantel - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Totally agree ! Clean hit bush takedown !

  5. chicagobtech - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Wilson studied at the Cobra Kai?

  6. sjsharks66 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Looks like the hit Clowe got in pre season. Probably just a charley horse.

  7. ibieiniid - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    say… didnt they just pick up a d-man today? good timing.

  8. rc1emens - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Boy is Bouma lucky he didn’t crack his head while falling. That would have been scary. The hit looked clean but Bouma came from across the ice with speed and momentum. Nothing illegal here.

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