The Capitals and Islanders developed a pretty healthy dislike for each other during last year’s playoff round, and that bad blood carried over to Thursday night.
Johansson only received a two-minute minor on the play, one that temporarily forced Hickey from the contest. (Upon returning, Hickey was then blasted by Caps tough guy Tom Wilson.)
The Johansson hit wasn’t well received in Barclays — as you can imagine — and drew the ire of several on social media as well:
One can expect the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to review the incident.