WINNIPEG, Manitoba | There was no doubt at the time that Winnipeg Jets defenseman Mark Stuart laid out Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson behind the net 8:31 into Friday night’s game.
Upon closer inspection, the hit might be worth a look from NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan.
As Randy Jones was following Johansson around the net in the Caps’ attacking zone, Stuart came flying around and appeared to strike Johansson in the head with his arm. The Caps forward went into the boards, lost his helmet and was slow to get up.
“It was a high hit and the league will review it,” Caps coach Dale Hunter said.
Forward Brooks Laich was a little more fired up about it.
“Apparently Mark Stuart can hit guys in the head. He did it to [Troy] Brouwer; he did it to Marcus,” Laich said. “We’ll see. I’m not an official.”
A referee was standing in far corner but did not whistle a penalty on the play.
“I didn’t really see it. I saw kind of the replay,” Brouwer said. “They didn’t call it on the ice, so you cant do much about it. You’ve got to play on, and if anything’s going to happen, it’s going to happen now when they take a look at it.”
Johansson was out for the next shift but was not on the bench to start the second period. He came back onto the ice in the second and played regular shifts in the third period. He appeared to be OK.
Johansson did not speak to reporters after the game.
Video of the hit: