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Everything was going swimmingly for the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin opened up scoring with two straight goals. Going into intermission, the Caps had a two-goal lead.

Then things changed. Mike Richards scored early in the second. Then, a few minutes later, the Capitals’ first-line center and arguably the team’s best player, Nicklas Backstrom, absorbed a rough hip check near the Caps bench, where the boards meet plexiglass, courtesy of Drew Doughty.

Take a look.

Let’s break it down.

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As Backstrom slid along the dasher boards, his left shoulder hit the glass. His torso stopped sliding. His legs went over his head. As he hit the ice, all of his weight seemed to land on his left shoulder.

That looks bad.

Backstrom climbed over the boards and headed to the locker room. The Capitals have said Backstrom is questionable to return.

9:08 PM Update: Here’s a zoomed-in, slo-mo shot of the hit.

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  • Jay DeLancey

    no bueno

  • Rob W.

    So nervous right now, hope its not serious

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    BRING ME THE HEAD OF DREW DOUGHTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Myan

    God I hate Drew Doughty, he’s such a skeeze. He stood up his own family for brunch!

  • Guest

    Considering the amount of injuries on the game, i would feel better with 2 points. I hate how bad we play with 2 goal leads. Just once i want to see Oates show some emotion on the bench when these guys play like they did in the 3rd. Much needed 3 day break for the B’s on saturday

  • Guest

    Holtby slays in the shootout. Halak has better vision during fives, but one on one I’ll take Holtby any day.

  • OldTimeHockey

    I’ll freely admit that I’m a DC-based Kings fan, but that’s a totally clean hit. Why was Backstrom off his own feet before contact? Don’t get it. Hope he’s ok; there’s golf to be played.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    brad doty

  • Capper63

    That last GIF at least shows that his head did not strike the ice, which was my worst fear. Hopefully he will be ok in a few days.

  • Steve Hickey

    not sure… doesn’t look like DD did him any favors by trying to put Backstom in the players box though. I would be more concerend about your Kings inability to win 2 games in regulation against a “golfing” team. Might be calling for tee times in LA sooner than you think…..no shoot outs in the playoffs.

  • cheapshot

    it was a trip. He left his feet cause Doughty lifted him off the ice after he tripped him.

  • BRONEIL

    left shoulder into the partition and he falls on it, shitttt

  • C Breezy

    Isn’t that interference at the very least? I know it is rarely called but he chips the puck way by him, attempts to go around, and he gets full on checked into the turnbuckle (why do they still exist?!). I wouldn’t mind if it was the run of the mill holding/interference that happens on almost every chip play but this…..was not that.

  • Haley Phelps

    Having Backstrom hurt is the last thing this team needs right now!

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    They do have overtime, though–DERP!

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    To the whiners. Yeah, it was a “dirty” hip check. Dewey has a rear view camera installed in his head, so he knew where exactly where the end of the bench met the glass while he was skating backward and lining up Backstrom for the check in a building he hasn’t played in for something like three years.

    For his next trick, he’ll probably hold someone’s stick in front of his own goal so his teammate can score the game-tying goal. Oh wait, that was Backstrom in the previous game. Yeah, well, payback’s a beast.

  • chipgriffiths

    go google Dought hip check and you’ll see this repeated many times. In fact, I’m surprised Penner didn’t come after him. Check it out what he did to Hall. He let Backstrom off easy cuz he likes him.

  • The Truth

    Doughty is a dirtbag. Typical of the new dirtiest team in the NHL.

  • The Truth

    clean hit, yeah right… if OVI did that he would be suspended !!!

  • The Truth

    Doughty is a dirtbag, along with Dustin Brown-who purposefully ended Hertl’s season (should have been suspended the entire time Hertl is out)… The new dirtiest team in the league!!!

  • The Truth

    Hip check huh?… looked like a trip and flip to me and anyone with a brain.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Waaaaaaaa! I’m sure you can find some instructional videos to improve your understanding.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Typical whining by someone whose team has been owned.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Oh yeah, Hertl–on team “we think Raffi Torres hasn’t injured enough people yet, so we’ll just sign him and use him to injure Kings players in the playoffs.”

  • zombie

    I’d say two wins against a playoff-hungry team that just beat the Sharks and Ducks is pretty good.

  • zombie

    Hockey is physical sport which often results in injuries. These things happen, people. I highly doubt Doughty was trying kill Backstrom with a hip check.

  • Carpenters ghost

    Was that hit legal? It was more like a judo throw. Backy was lifted into the air on the mans shoulder then dumped

  • Carpenters ghost

    I mean the Kings player may be a total a.. But that is his shoulder not his hip

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    Both contests were decided by shootout. I know we lost both times, but I think you might not know what ‘owned’ means…

  • Steve Hickey

    Yeah, but it took your Western Juggernaut of a team the NHL’s shootout to beat a beat up Caps team twice in a week. I dare to say the Caps were the better team in OT last night even without Backstrom. The Ice was very tilted. Kings aren’t finishing the season as strong as other favorites like the Bruins. Look like the Pens of the West to me.

  • Steve Hickey

    no doubt, this reply was to Old time hockey who felt it nessecary to come in a Caps blog after a win and make a snarky comment about the Caps golfing soon. Caps might not make the playoffs, but as many teams have seen you can’t take them lightly. They have the talent to play with, and beat any team in the NHL. Just getting them to play at that level consistently is what no Coach or GM has been able to do. Frustrating.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    FYI, your sob story was in my Kings news feed, so I read it. You can say whatever you need to make it feel better. I’m sure you’ll enjoy playing golf.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Yeah, and without the refs help in both games, there wouldn’t have been overtime in either. I dare to say you’re full of crap. Say what you like–whatever helps improve your golf game.

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    That’s cool. I’d’ve been disappointed if you missed it. If there’s any big words there that went over your head, lemme know & I’ll help you out.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Hey, it is what it is. Enjoy the scoreboard.

  • KG

    LEAVE NICKY ALONE!

  • Bonzaichkin

    I guess there isn’t any footage of Willie Mitchell popping Brouwer in the face and leaving him in a heap on the ice, then Brouwer getting a penalty for it.

  • Steve Hickey

    The refs help? Wow, as far as I could tell the refs let a lot go uncalled last night, especially a blatant hook on Ovie during the early stages of a PP that would have given the Caps and extended 5 on 3. Is this what Kings fans have resorted to? Win a Stanley Cup and then go to other teams blogs to gloat on a reg season win/s against a bottom team that is obliviously less deep and more injured. If crying about the refs being unfair helps you sleep at night, more power to you. Hope when your team is eliminated in the first or second round you’ll come back to RMNB and visit. FOOOOORE!!!!

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    *yawn*

    Caps fans crying, which is what brought me here, won’t change anything, I refer you to the scoreboard, just as with your buddy. The Caps are the ones who need to make their golf plans, not the Kings, moron. Go ahead and call me a “sore winner,” and deal with it!

  • Steve Hickey

    Kings fans…since 2011

  • GimmeYoLunch

    Since Backstrom had just chipped the puck past Doughty, he was still legal to hit. Doughty is a BEAST! Hope Backstrom is ok though.

  • Steve Hickey

    And lastly the Caps are finishing the season right about where most logical caps fans though they might, in 8th or fighting for the post season. It doesn’t take a genius to look at our roster at the beginning of the season and see glaring holes. I don’t think anyone had us confused for contenders. If barely beating a injury depleted Caps team twice in a week is any indication of how your Kings team will fare against a much stronger and deeper Western Conference, I wouldn’t go planning any parade routes anytime soon. Gotta go now I’m off to troll the Sharks and Ducks fan blogs now and gloat over our wins…TTFN

  • Bonvivant1

    Kings fan here on your blog…Not to gloat, because I like the Capitals, but to make a few points. Backstrom was trying to jump around Doughty which made the hit look worse than it is. This is a clean hipcheck. He kept his elbows down and did not target the head.

    The LA Kings are a very physical team. Some may think borderline dirty but I’ve watched this team for 3 decades. This by far is the most physical team. They play a very solid brand of playoff hockey this time of year. Your third line with Joel Ward is very good and similar to all the Kings lines the way they grind and cycle.

    You may hate Dustin Brown but he changed the complexion of the game last night without hitting and injuring someone.

  • Lake Forest

    I agree he gives good, legal hip checks when the opportunity presents itself.

  • DeLuth

    It’s pretty obvious that Bäckström tries to jump out of the situation, as so many player does when a player cut off the angles by the boards. When Brad Doty finnishes his check the trajectory of Bäckströms jump forces him higher and ultimately makes contact with the end glass. There’s nothing “dirty” about it, just unfortunate.

  • DeLuth

    He should be suspended! I hope Shanaban takes a look at that obvious obstruction of Hillen and place his sorry a** on a 5 gane suspension

  • DeLuth

    He left his feet BEFORE the check was initiated. He tried to jump out of the squeeze

  • DeLuth

    …and I guess there’s no footage of Brouwer cross checking Mitchell either?

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Once again, believe whatever lies make you feel better.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    upvote for brad doty

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    A desperate team playing their best isn’t uncommon. We saw it in ’12, and all they got for it was some big silver thing. Oh well, you obviously have a lot more time to waste. Hope you enjoy trolling someone over whom you have scoreboard.

  • James Cundiff

    First of all,i am a caps fan. That was a clean hit, however it was interference. If he were to have had the puck, it would have been fine, but when he dumped it in you clearly see doughty go out of his way to hit Backstrom. Hence inteference, I would love to see that being called more often than it does

  • James Cundiff

    James Cundiff • a few seconds ago
    First of all,i am a caps fan. That was a clean hit, however it was interference. If he were to have had the puck, it would have been fine, but when he dumped it in you clearly see doughty go out of his way to hit Backstrom. Hence inteference, I would love to see that being called more often than it does

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Yeah, Burp, that’s putting me in my place.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Interference in that situation is obviously a judgment call. I didn’t see it, Jim Fox didn’t see it (and he’s got no problem with saying so.) The refs didn’t see it. I’m thinking it didn’t happen. Why? Probably because Dewey already had him lined up and stayed on the course he was on. That’s not interference. That’s finishing a check.

    BTW, I took your criticism far more seriously than anything else here because it was a legitimate point of discussion, approached seriously.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Just to clear something up because there have been a few BS claims: the idea that I came here to gloat simply misses the fact that it was in my news feed and I came to read it, then saw hyperbolic ridiculous comments, to which I decided to respond. I mean, really? “Bring me the head of Drew Doughty?” That’s some serious butthurt for a clean check that injured your player because of the design of your building.

    For some reason, I haven’t been to any other stories on this blog or any other caps blogs. That’s because I’m here for the stated reason.

  • Mee

    Reading some of these comments, I don’t understand where Caps fans are coming from.

    First, this looks like a clean hit, and sometimes players get hurt on clean plays. The fact that Backy got hurt doesn’t make it dirty.

    Also, Doughty is no 4th line thug- he is our BEST defenseman, top TOI getter, and in some minds the finest defender of his class. There’s no call here to be acting as though this was a hack job.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    You’re welcome here, but please take a look at our community guidelines. http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/comment-policy/

    Inflaming the natives and then complaining about how they respond is no fun for a forum.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Thanks, I think.

    Actually, I was pretty clear what I was responding to. The most popular post asked for the head of Drew Doughty. You should no better than to chastise me in that context. I’ve explained the context of this experience on my part. The complaining ain’t coming from me–I in fact responded to BS complaints.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Rein in your tone. For example, disagree without telling people they’re “full of crap.” We have a lot better discussions that way.

    (That goes for the locals too.)

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Absolutely. Thanks for recognizing the hyperbole and insults to which I responded as such.

  • Bugs Fire

    I think what is a little disheartening about your comments is that they come with the complete set of inflammatory troll slogans for which NHL.com forums are so famous (and main reason I will never post there under any circumstances). I have not and will not go through your whole record here, but a casual glance reveals statements about Caps being “owned” by Kings (and Kings are a better team this year by all accounts, but your evaluation of what happened in these two games is way off the mark), reference to golf and suggestion that Backstrom got what he deserved because of some mysterious thing you call karma.

    If trolling makes you feel better, so be it. But maybe you should try next to contribute to the discussion by pointing out obvious bias of Caps fans (which is expected) in a more constructive manner. Same goes to those who asked for heads to be brought to them.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    I’m sorry you feel that way. Be assured I was responding in kind. See the serious comment I addressed elsewhere on this page with the appropriate respect, even though I disagreed. Again, context.

    Karma is not a hockey thing. It’s a life thing, and it happens.

    By the way, it’s classic for you to end by calling me a troll. I responded to BS. The double-standard is notable. This thread wouldn’t exist, and in particular, the comments by the moderator, if I had not responded in kind to comments here–the very first comment being a call for violence.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    I think that last point is under-appreciated, so let me put it plainly and politely. The Kings play a physical game, and they’re big. Up until this season, with the same players, they were one of the least penalized teams in the league.
    On the trip to The Cup in ’12, there were some new policies and some injuries, and players got suspended. Others didn’t. When someone got injured, and the other person wasn’t suspended, many fans believed players who didn’t get suspended “got away” with something. A team I won’t mention made a big deal about it. Last postseason, the Kings lost a player to injury early in each series. One of those involved was rightfully suspended, and now that team also carries on about “cheap shots.”

    This season, the Kings are suddenly one of the most penalized teams. I think that’s specifically in response to the libel and slander which have occurred since ’12.
    In short, “Bring me the head of Drew Doughty” and associated hyperbole is going to get a rise out of a Kings fan who happened to read the story.

  • Bugs Fire

    Well, arguing that disrespectful comments by others justify your disrespectful comments does not make much sense to me. “Responding in kind” sounds so reasonable when you say it, but in my mind it is not justifiable to do bad things just because others do. Do you see this?

    Then, please be assured I don’t need you to be sorry about the way I feel. You cannot possibly know how I feel about anything. In fact, all those verbal antics like the ones you and others have exercised have very little impact on me and how I feel. Don’t worry.

    Karma is a made up concept. To paraphrase, it’s just a word and it means nothing other than human desire to rationalize events within some loosely defined framework of eternal justice and/or balance. You brought it up, not me. To quote,

    “Oh wait, that was Backstrom in the previous game. Yeah, well, karma’s a beast.”.

    I am not sure this makes any sense. Are you implying that Backstrom’s injury is the result of some cosmic payback for what he did in some previous game? Even if I accept your claims on what Backstrom “did”, it seems that your cosmic karma that happens in life acts irrationally.

    Your last paragraph is even more confusing. You already said that you responded in kind and that was OK. Now if name-calling is OK for you, then my suggestion that your actions are tantamount to trolling (and use of inflammatory language to elicit angry response falls under trolling) is not OK. And then there is notable double standard – is it you or are you complaining it’s applied to you? And then you say you did not responded in kind, so which is it?

    Eh, whatever. Next time just try to stick to hockey. Whether the hit on Backstrom was clean or not has no connection to which team has more points. Yes, Kings have a good shot at the Cup this year and Caps are fighting for pointless chance to exit in the first round, but neither you nor I have contributed anything to that situation. Be respectful as much as you can, it costs you nothing.

  • Bugs Fire

    Look, you specifically addressed one of your comments below to the imaginary whiners. Please, do not destroy the tough persona you are trying to project by complaining about equally imaginary sources of increased penalty time for Kings (libel and slander). And we are all adults here, you can mention the team you won’t mention.

  • Bugs Fire

    Well, if you actually find that footage you will see that Mitchell cross checked him first. Pushing in front of the net happens all the time, but it’s the “tough, physical teams” (Flyers, Bruins, Devils and Kings to lesser degree) that take it to the next level of trying to knock out someone’s teeth. What’s silly about this is that Kings don’t need this, they are actually a good team that can win without these antics. But hey, it’s Brouwer’s fault!

  • Bugs Fire

    I think you lost your credibility when you said this

    “Yeah, and without the refs help in both games, there wouldn’t
    have been overtime in either. I dare to say you’re full of crap. Say
    what you like–whatever helps improve your golf game.”

    Dude, your team won and you are still complaining about the refs? Caps had 4 PPs, Kings 3. And you have an issue with me suggesting you are trolling? OK, my good sir, I do apologize, I now see I was wrong to respond.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    tl;dr

    The whole topic makes no sense to me. Hope that helps. thanks!

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Not imaginary. and obviously not all adults.

    Phoenix and San Jose.

    hth

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    I think your site has no credibility. I’m not complaining. I called out whiners and their hyperbole. You’re hopeless. Bye. You go ahead and spread delusion. It’s in the past.

    Bye.

  • Jonah

    I’m actually agreeing with the irritating kings fan on this one. This is not interference. This footage is slowed down to provide detail, but it doesn’t show that this all happened within about 2 seconds of dumping the puck. As a high school/travel hockey player I can tell you that these plays happen all the time. In a playoff intensity game against a big team these plays will happen all the time without being called. Nicky was just unlucky to try to jump to avoid the hit AND be right next to the turnbuckle. Unfortunate, physical, rough, but not dirty.

  • James Cundiff

    I know the refs didn’t call it, but it never gets called ANYTIME against anybody. I see what you are saying, however when he hit him it obstructed him from making a play after he dumped it in, and went OUT of his way to do so. He didn’t hit him straight on. Had he hit him straight on, then i would say he was finishing his check. I’m just saying it always happens and never gets called, same with players taking a dive. NOT saying your players, all players OVI included.

  • James Cundiff

    It doesn’t matter if it happened in 2 seconds or a minute. If you go out of your way, and impede the players ability to make a play, that’s interference

  • James Cundiff

    56.1 Interference – A strict standard on acts of interference must be adhered to in all areas of the rink.

    Body Position: Body position shall be determined as the player skating in front of or beside his opponent, traveling in the same direction. A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the puck, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent, but must skate in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check.A player is allowed the ice he is standing on (body position) and is not required to move in order to let an opponent proceed. A player may “block” the path of an opponent provided he is in front of his opponent and moving in the same direction. Moving laterally and without establishing body position, then making contact with the non-puck carrier is not permitted and will be penalized as interference. A player is always entitled to use his body position to lengthen an opponent’s path to the puck, provided his stick is not utilized (to make himself “bigger” and therefore considerably lengthening the distance his opponent must travel to get where he is going); his free hand is not used and he does not take advantage of his body position to deliver an otherwise illegal check.

  • James Cundiff

    56.1 Interference – A strict standard on acts of interference must be adhered to in all areas of the rink.

    Body Position: Body position shall be determined as the player skating in front of or beside his opponent, traveling in the same direction. A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the puck, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent, but must skate in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check.

    A player is allowed the ice he is standing on (body position) and is not required to move in order to let an opponent proceed. A player may “block” the path of an opponent provided he is in front of his opponent and moving in the same direction. Moving laterally and without establishing body position, then making contact with the non-puck carrier is not permitted and will be penalized as interference.

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    Guess you missed the memo. There’s clearly a double-standard for participation here, so I’m avoiding it. Nevertheless, it also says, immediately after that:

    “Possession of the Puck: The last player to touch the puck, other than the goalkeeper, shall be considered the player in possession. The player deemed in possession of the puck may be checked legally, provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of possession.”

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    It was consistent with the way it’s called.

  • James Cundiff

    that’s not the issue though, he went out of his way to check him. If Backstrom would have had the puck going laterally, then yes fair game, but he dumped the puck the dd went out of his way to hit him

  • http://www.cyberspace.com What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

    It’s not the way I saw it. It’s not the way Jim Fox saw it (wasn’t watching your guys, so I don’t know what they said), it’s not the way the on-ice officials saw it, and the league office didn’t seem to have a comment. Anyway, I’m sorry to you if I’ve been disrespectful to you, because you’ve been pretty straight. I know I wouldn’t be in a good mood after my guy is injured.

  • Bugs Fire

    Once again your comment is not in line with your other comments. Bringing up golf is hockey forum’s equivalent of Godwin’s law. In my observation, it always ends this way – when someone calls out that form of trolling, instigator clings for awhile to scoreboard references, then claims someone else is a whiner/bully/troll, ignores every reference to his own words, and then checks out after claiming others are “spreading delusion”. All of this without specifics. I sincerely hope you feel better after your keyboard “victory”, but I also hope you will either ignore stupid remarks/jokes (the Doughty head thing) in the future or address them with greater civility.

    By the way, it obviously was not in the past for you when you posted your “last word”. That is just hyperbole. Good luck with everything.

  • Bugs Fire

    Helps for sure, thanks. I think what is imaginary is the conspiracy you imply. That somehow “libel and slander” resulted in referees dishing out more penalty time for Kings. Referees make mistakes, but there is no NHL conspiracy to keep certain teams down. I know it is a very appealing idea, but it is delusion.

  • Bugs Fire

    You are welcome. Unfortunately you explained yourself in a self-contradictory way. I also have a strange feeling that you edited your comments after the fact. If so, nice move.