Report: Hurricanes’ Pitkanen out three months after icing crash

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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen is expected to be out three months, according to Darren Dreger of TSN, after crashing feet-first at a high speed into the end boards on an icing play with Capitals forward Troy Brouwer.

The incident occurred late in the second period of Tuesday’s game between the Hurricanes and Capitals.

Pitkanen had to be stretchered off the ice.

As per the Raleigh News & Observer, Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller was not sure about the severity of the injury, but that Pitkanen was treated at the PNC Arena.

This incident is sure to fuel the conversation about hybrid icing, or no-touch icing.