Scary moment at the end of Tuesday’s Caps-Kings game as Caps defenseman  Jack Hillen collided with Alex Ovechkin during overtime. Hitting one another at full speed while crossing center ice, Hillen’s head ran into Ovechkin’s chest. Hillen laid motionless on the ice, apparently knocked out.

Hillen eventually regained consciousness and was helped off the ice to the applause of a relieved Verizon Center crowd, but his injury is yet another chapter in the very sad book of Hillen’s tenure in Washington.

As you can see, Hillen and Ovechkin did not see one another until it was too late. Ovechkin was in full stride, and Hillen was turning towards the bench.

Ovechkin was knocked backwards, appearing to have the wind knocked out of him. Hillen’s head bounced backwards, and he fell to the ice.


Ovechkin returned to action a few moments later, seemingly unscathed.

Hillen was not so lucky. He did not return for the scant remainder of overtime. If Hillen misses time, it would mark the third time he’s been hurt as a Capital. He first suffered a shoulder injury in the 2012-13 season opener. Then in October, Hillen hurt his knee after a hit by Lance Bouma, requiring knee reconstruction before returning earlier this month.

Hillen had been hurt by Ovechkin before, taking a slapshot puck to his jaw in 2010.

Hillen has played just 26 games since signing with the Caps. He has three goals and seven assists in that time.

Here’s hoping this latest injury is short-lived. Get well soon, Jack.

GIFs by Ian Oland.

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  • Freedoooom

    Looks like a neck injury form the slow motion gif.

  • Steve Hickey

    I could be wrong, but I thought that anytime you get “knocked out” your brain suffers a concussion of some degree. Perhaps someone with a medical background can clarify….Sucks for him regardless. Poor Hillen

  • VeggieTart

    I don’t know why I’m thinking of the time he was collateral damage when Holtby took out Travis Moen in a game at Montreal. He wasn’t injured on the play, but it’s the second time he’s been clobbered by a teammate. That poor guy can’t catch a break.

  • JSP

    This guy has the worst luck.

  • Seanp

    Ovi is a brick house !

  • Shaun Phillips

    Hope its not as bad as it looked. He had finally given the Caps a few more options on the back line. Erskine or Carrick back in? Ugh…

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    Full disclosure: I am not a medical professional.

    At all. Fair warning beforehand.

    That being said, loss of consciousness as a result of a blow to the head is by either cerebral concussion or what is known as “carotid sinus reflex”. Short definition: The carotid sinus gets compressed (by a blow to the head hard enough to twist the neck), and in turn compresses the carotid artery, which causes bradycardia (drop in heart rate). If the drop is severe enough, you lose consciousness.

  • RT23

    So how many games do you think Ovi will be suspended for that hit?

    Sorry to make light of it. I really hope Hillen is OK I think he has been a key part of the stabilization of our D lately as well as Green playing with more confidence.

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  • Eileen Dailey Lucas

    My exact thought last night after the collision.