Wednesday night’s Capitals-Jets game was hard-hitting. Cody Eakin found that out the hard way.
At the 9:22 mark of the second period, Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian drilled Eakin as the Caps rookie center was entering the Jets’ zone. Eakin took the spill, got up, adjusted his helmet and continued on. He took only one more shift in the second but returned for the third.
“He’s fine,” coach Bruce Boudreau said Wednesday night. “From everything I’ve gathered, he’s never complained about it, so I assume he’s fine.”
Eakin practiced Thursday and told reporters there his head was buzzing but he was OK.
But the NHL is looking at the hit nonetheless. Bogosian was set to have a hearing Thursday with Brendan Shanahan to determine if there will be supplemental discipline. It appears as if Bogosian’s elbow strikes Eakin in the head. Punishment has been doled out this year for making the head the principle point of contact.
League spokesman John Dellapina confirmed a ruling won’t come until Friday. It will be announced on NHL.com with the new videos that debuted this season.
It will be the first video involving a Caps player. Earlier this season, Boudreau voiced his support for the new transparent process.
“I like the videos,” Boudreau said. “I like the fact that he’s explaining everything else.”
Video of the hit: