Early in the first period, Tom Wilson knocked John Moore out of the game while trying to forecheck in the offensive zone. As Moore fetched the puck and sent a backhanded pass to a teammate, Wilson hit the Devils defender in the shoulder and middle of the back, sending Moore’s head careening into the boards. Moore would be stretchered off the ice and taken to a local hospital. Wilson was not whistled for a penalty on the play.
After the game, Wilson spoke about the hit and seemed shaken by it.
On Saturday night, 24-year-old defenseman John Moore had the worst night ever. The Devils, who should finish in the cellar of the Eastern Conference, were playing their second game in consecutive nights. They managed, however, to be tied with the Capitals 2-2 though 46 minutes of play. The Devils were in a position to win against a very good team. Then Alex Ovechkin happened.
The Russian machine did The Move. Ovechkin tossed the puck through his own legs, using his body as a shield. Moore missed with a pokecheck. Ovechkin then dipped his shoulder and ripped a shot past Keith Kinkaid bar down. It was a legendary play by a legendary player.
Moore’s response: rage.
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It’s game seven. It’s do or die. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin isn’t going to stand idly by as his team’s season hangs in the balance.
With 11:38 left in the first period, Ovechkin stepped out on the ice for a shift, and it was inspiring. Ovechkin laid out three New York Rangers players with big hits and left the ice to a roaring standing ovation from the sold out Verizon Center crowd.
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