Keith Ballard has delivered a few of these devastating hip checks over the years. The latest victim: Corey Perry.
Ballard, the Minnesota Wild defenseman, caught Perry, the Anaheim Ducks star forward, with a hip check along the boards in the first period of Friday’s game. Perry was skating to the outside as he entered the offensive zone, when he ran out of room and was sent flying by Ballard.
Perry was in obvious pain and couldn’t put pressure on his left leg, as he was helped off the ice.
Ballard ended up in a fight with Ducks’ forward Nate Thompson later in the period.
Updated: Perry suffered a lower-body injury and his return to Friday’s game is doubtful, the Ducks announced via Twitter.