This hit from Game 3 of the Ducks/Kings series has to be seen to be believed. Watch as Doughty flies head over heels.
The hockey gods combined playoff hockey with NHL ’94 to create this phenomenal hit on Drew Doughty by Matt Beleskey in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal between Los Angeles and Anaheim. Watch Doughty do a full flip over the boards here:
Luckily no one was hurt, including ice-level commentators Ray Ferraro and Brian Engblom. Then again, who knows how Doughty is feeling after this one, considering he’s been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury? He had a laugh about it (top photo), but It’s fair to wonder how many more hits the Kings’ prized blueliner can take.
Belsekey wasn’t so lucky, however. In the third period, Dustin Brown hammered him with this stiff hit:
Beleskey left the game and did not return. Same goes for Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, who departed with a lower-body injury. Both will be re-evaluated. Anaheim has made this a series again with its 3-2 road victory, but it sure was costly, especially given how well Beleskey has played.
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