SEE: Canes' Micheal Ferland gets misconduct for hit to Nic Dowd's head

Ben Krimmel
April 13, 2019 - 5:02 pm
Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland received a misconduct for hit to Capitals' Nic Dowd.

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A physical Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs became even more physical during the second period.

The hitting seemed to go up a notch in the second period after there were several high hits and late hits in the game's opening period, including one from Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, which resulted in a two-minute minor for elbowing.  

The worst of all the hits came from Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland just 4:09 into the period.

Oh, that was nasty. And totally unnecessary.

It was a scary moment for Capitals fans and everyone connected with Caps forward Nic Dowd. 

The hit did not go unnoticed by the Caps bench and this could carry over to Game 3 on Monday night in Raleigh.

However, the referee's decision to issue a five-minute major penalty and misconduct for Ferland. 

"I don't see head contact," Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour said to NBC's Pierre McGuire. "The frustrating part is they said it was a hit to the head when I didn't see it as a hit to the head."

While speaking to McGuire, Brind'Amour made reference to the Ovechkin hit, saying he thought it contained more contact to a player's head.

After the call was announced, Brind'Amour was apoplectic. 

Dowd was able to return to the ice during the second period.

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