Blackhawks star Patrick Kane injured in controversial collision into boards

The Blackhawks lost Patrick Kane to an injury in the first period of Tuesday’s game against Florida after a controversial hit by Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic knocked Kane into the boards. Was the hit clean? Decide for yourself.

Chicago Blackhawks fans were holding their breath Tuesday after star winger Patrick Kane was injured on a controversial play involving Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic and had to leave the game.

Kane, Chicago’s leading scorer this season – and the man tied with Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom as the league’s top point-getter entering Tuesday’s action – entered the night tied for the NHL lead in points with 64, but the 26-year-old was hurt in the first period after Petrovic gave him a push from behind and he fell awkwardly into the boards: (video via SomeHockeyVideos)

Kane left for the dressing room almost immediately, clearly favoring his left side – and shortly thereafter, the Hawks announced on their Twitter feed he wouldn’t return for the rest of the game:

Petrovic received a two-minute minor penalty for cross-checking on the play.

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