Calgary Flames defenseman -- and former Washington Capital -- Dennis Wideman could be in a whole lot of trouble.
In Wednesday night's game against the Predators, Wideman cross-checked linesman Don Henderson from behind, sending the official face first into the ice.
Wideman had just been checked into the boards and seemed to be in pain as he headed toward the bench. Henderson was in Wideman's path with his back turned when the player raised his stick and made contact, knocking an unsuspecting Henderson off his skates.
The ex-Cap was not penalized and both men finished the game.
Here's the video of the incident.
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While the hit could appear intentional, Wideman insists it was not.
"I took a pretty good hit down in the corner and had some pretty good pain in my shoulder and neck," Wideman said. "I was just trying to get off the ice and kind of keeled over. At the last second, I looked up and saw [Henderson] and couldn't avoid it. I went up to Donnie and apologized to him on the ice.
"I didn't see him. I didn't know where to go and how to get out of the way. I've been around for a few years, and I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect, and I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref. It was completely unintentional, and I already apologized to him."
The NHL is in the process of reviewing the incident to determine any discipline.
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And as always, they answer several viewer questions.
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Andre Burakovsky will be sidelined for the remainder of Washington's first-round series vs. Columbus, but he isn’t necessarily out for the remainder of the playoffs, Coach Barry Trotz said on Friday.
Burakovsky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in the Capitals' Game 2 overtime loss and has not been on the ice since.
Trotz said the 23-year-old top-six winger needs “minor” surgery.
That procedure, however, will not preclude Burakovsky from returning to the Caps’ lineup in subsequent rounds, should Washington advance.
“That's why I said minor surgery,” Trotz added, asked if Burky might return at a later date.
This latest surgery is the second for Burakovsky this season. In late October, he had a procedure to repair a broken left thumb and missed the next 20 games.
Since his departure in Game 2, Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson have taken turns replacing Burakovsky on the second line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.