The highly entertaining Maple Leafs/Capitals series could have taken a devastating turn for Washington, as Nazem Kadri went low on a hit to the leg of Alex Ovechkin in the first period. Ovechkin left the game with under three minutes in the first, but later returned.
Kadri launched himself into the leg of Ovechkin, and yet only got two minutes for tripping. The play could have easily earned a more severe penalty as it appeared to be a clear example of clipping.
Fans jumped on social media to debate the hit, which led to some extremely close replays which may become hockey’s version of the Zapruder film.
Here's a close up of the frames of impact. I don't like the hit, though it seems like differing opinions in point-of-contact here. pic.twitter.com/T5czWWHyw8
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 21, 2017
It seems so inconsistent, but then again the officiating in the NHL playoffs has been consistently inconsistent. The referees are taking spa days in the playoffs while players are going after each other, including this hit by Chris Wideman which took David Krejci out.
Krejci hurt (again) after leg-on-leg hit from Wideman. No call. pic.twitter.com/7ZLbHrU7dn
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 22, 2017
Even a dangerous hit on a superstar player only got Nazem Kadri two minutes for tripping. Go figure that one out. Ovechkin won’t even try. Instead, he just g0t his own revenge.
Not quite eye-for-eye, but Alex Ovechkin gets a little bit of vengence on Nazem Kadri with a stick blade to the ribs pic.twitter.com/WKNffwUsd6
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 22, 2017
Love it or hate it, it’s getting dangerous in the NHL playoffs. And it’s only round one.