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Devils’ Moore stretchered off the ice after hit from Capitals’ Wilson

Scary scene in New Jersey as Devils defenseman John Moore had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher after taking a hard check into the boards from Capitals winger Tom Wilson.
John Moore

New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore was stretchered off the ice just three minutes into Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals.

Shortly after the Capitals took a 1-0 lead over the Devils, Moore found himself below the New Jersey goal line to move along a loose puck. As Moore reached the puck and made a backhand pass out to the front of the net, he was run into hard by Capitals winger Tom Wilson, the impact of which drove Moore’s head into the glass violently.

Immediately following the hit, Moore crumpled to the ice and was in obvious distress. Medical staff from the Devils rushed onto the ice in a hurry as a shoving match started away from the play. Eventually, as the teams broke away, Moore was loaded onto a stretcher and taken from the ice:

It goes without saying that Moore won’t be returning to Saturday’s game, and given the optics of the injury, it wouldn’t be shocking if the 26-year-old defender finds himself sidelined for a while. The Devils hadn’t issued a further update on Moore by the end of the first period. 

As for the hit by Wilson, there was no penalty called on the play. The league will almost certainly be taking a look at the hit, especially given the unfortunate result of the play, but it doesn’t seem like a check that will garner any supplemental discipline.

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