Bolts’ Carle crushes Blueshirts’ Kreider with bone-rattling hit

Game 7 between the Rangers and Lightning Friday was a no-scoring affair through the first two periods, but featured plenty of physical action – including this mammoth hit Bolts defenseman Matt Carle laid on Blueshirts winger Chris Kreider.

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final Friday was a no-scoring affair through the first 40 minutes, but it was also a passionate (read: physical) contest that included Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle levelling New York Rangers left winger Chris Kreider with a massive check.

Kreider had his head down on the second-period hit, and paid for it (although he immediately jumped up, resumed playing and never missed a shift after that). It was easily the hit of the night to that point in the game, and one of the biggest hits of the 2015 post-season tournament:

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