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Jack Hillen‘s knee was pinned between the boards and Calgary’s Lance Bouma as Bouma out all his weight into the hit. Just eight minutes into Thursday’s home opener, Hillen was hurt and needed assistance to leave the ice, unable to put any weight on his leg.


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The injury appears significant, which is awful news for Jack Hillen, who missed 25 games last season with a shoulder injury. Hillen is not expected to return to tonight’s game. The Capitals, deep with defensive players of varying quality, will play the rest of the game vs Calgary with five D.


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Bouma was compelled to fight Washington’s Tom Wilson immediately after the hit. And just two minutes after that momentum-shifting scuffle, the Flames struck again as Lee Stempniak beat Braden Holtby to make it 2-0.

So yeah, not a great night so far. Best wishes to Jack Hillen and his knee.


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  • Rhino40

    Liked the #body-slam Young Tom put on Bouma.


  • thompsonwerk

    Wilson with the body slam.

  • bskillet

    We just have to take out Calgary from the start, Backstrom lost almost a full yr. to these guys. Good to see Wilson sticking up for the team aka Matt Bradley.

  • 5manfront

    Wilson is awesome! How long has it been since we’ve had a player that immediately responded to a teammate being injured? Hendricks would occasionally, but no one else. It’s something we’ve been missing for a loooooong time, and I’m so glad Oates seems to like a team that does that for each other. We’ve had so many head coaches in a row that seemed to desire the opposite: non-action because we might, like, get a penalty or something.

  • 5manfront

    …and Matt Bradley.