December 26, 2010
That's Caps forward Mathieu Perreault(notes) after the Washington Capitals' 3-2 victory at the Carolina Hurricanes, showing the damage after a Tim Gleason(notes) hit ended both of their evenings on Sunday.
While the Hurricanes outskated and outshot the Caps in the opening period, Perreault gave Washington (21-12-5) a 1-0 lead at 13:33. Taking a centering pass from the left corner from Alexander Semin(notes), Perreault beat goalie Cam Ward(notes) with a short shot.
A little more than five minutes later, Perreault was flat on the ice, bleeding profusely. Replays of the collision showed Gleason did not leave his feet or raise his elbow. In fact, it appeared Perreault may have cut himself after shattering his stick and visor. "I didn't care for it at all," Canes coach Paul Maurice said of the call. "We lost our No. 1 defenseman. That's where the game turned."
Gleason, meanwhile, was given five minutes for charging and a game misconduct. Here's the hit, from multiple angles (stick-tap to Keith O. for the clip):
Capitals writer Mike Vogel tweeted that Perreault, who did not return, "put his stick up to defend the hit, combo of hit and his stick snapping in half also snapped his shield in half."
Clean hit. Gleason wasn't going for the head, wasn't trying to step in front of him in some kind of blindside effort, didn't leave his feet. Another unfortunate circumstance in which officials penalize to the aftermath rather than the action, and the Canes lose their heart-and-soul defenseman at 18:54 of the first.
Meanwhile ... yes, it's honorable retribution for a fallen teammate; but Hendricks doesn't get a fighting major and/or an instigator penalty how, exactly?