Marcus Johansson Injured on Late Hit by Kris Letang

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Marcus Johansson left the game at 15:41 of the first period as a result of a hit by Kris Letang. The hit was late and to the upper body/head area of Johansson.

It will be interesting to see how the NHL’s Department of Player Safety handles this hit, in comparison to the handling of a somewhat similar hit made by Brooks Orpik in game 2. Orpik’s hit ultimately resulted in a three game suspension for Orpik.

The NHL defines a “late hit” as 0.6 seconds after a puck has left a players area. This astute analysis raises an interesting point:

It should be noted that Johansson would return for the start of the second period.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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4 Responses to Marcus Johansson Injured on Late Hit by Kris Letang

  1. Anonymous says:

    He wasnt injured. Period. False statement.

  2. Michael Fleetwood says:

    True he wasn’t injured, but it was a late hit regardless. He left his feet and should be suspended. One game isn’t going to cut it. He’s gotten away with way too much in these playoffs already. Orpik is a class act who apologized to Maatta and did not attempt to justify his actions to the DOPS, Letang will probably plead his case.

  3. valerie devault says:

    Let’s, get it right guys! What’s fair is fair. It looked intentional to me but, I don’t make the decisions.

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