Both men are lucky that neither of them got hurt on this play.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins squared off on Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and after the way things went for Toronto in Game 1 and Game 2 they needed a huge bounce back. The Bruins however were equally fired up as a result of the blatant cheap shot that was delivered by Toronto Maple Leafs veteran center Nazem Kadri on Boston Bruins veteran center Tommy Wingels.
The puck dropped in the first period and we could already see that this was going to be a rough game on both sides of the ice as we got plenty of pushing and shoving after the whistle, a sign that this series could get really nasty if the Leafs find a way to keep it competitive. The most dangerous moment however came at 12:33 of the first period, and it appeared to be the result of an accident.
The Maple Leafs were trying to generate some offense in the Bruins zone when both Boston Bruins agitator Brad Marchand and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman were involved in a huge collision close to the top of the face off circle. Neither man was in control at the time but they both appeared to be trying to turn towards the puck, and unfortunately it resulted in a huge knee on knee collision between the two.
It didn't seem to be a particularly dirty play from either man and neither man appeared to be looking to initiate a knee on knee when it happened, but it's clear that Marchand got the worst of the impact. Marchand went flying through the air and did about a 180 spin while in mid air, landing hard on the ice with his back taking the worst of the impact.
Of course fans won't be quick to offer their sympathies to Marchand, one of the most universally reviled players in the entire National Hockey League, but it would have been a tremendous shame to see such a good season for Marchand end on this type of play. Thankfully as I stated earlier both guys appeared to be relatively ok after the collision.
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