The National Hockey League playoffs started last night with three intense matchups between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, the Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights. While the defending champions destroyed the Flyers 7-0, due in large part of captain Sidney Crosby's hat trick, and the Jets won their first playoff game by holding on to a 3-2 victory, it was the last game of the evening that caught the most attention.
And for one clear reason: it was playoff hockey at his best. After the contest, the Golden Knights tweeted the number of hits in the contest and the number on both sides was staggering:
However, one hit has caught the attention all over the league, so much that the Players' safety department has decided to get involved. It has been revealed that the league will take a look at Kings defenseman Drew Doughty's hit on William Carrier. The Kings star defender will have a hearing on Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety after an illegal check to the head on Las Vegas Golden Knight forward William Carrier in Game 1 of their opening round series Wednesday night.
The incident took place in the third period when Doughty committed a high hit on Carrier as he was skating up the ice with the puck. There was no penalty call on the play and Carrier was forced to leave the game to go to concussion protocol. The hit appeared to catch Carrier in the head...
"I thought it was a bad hit, but again that's not for me to decide,” Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant said after the game. “The referee didn't think it was a penalty but I'm sure people will look at that hit and make a decision."
Las Vegas won over Los Angeles by the score of 1-0, as the Golden Knights claimed their first post-season victory in franchise history. Game 2 is set to go down on Friday from T-Mobile Arena, and we will know later today if Doughty will take part in the contest.
It also remains to be seen if Carrier will be in uniform as his team revealed that he is considered day-to-day with the injury.