Capitals' Reirden heated after hit on 'defenseless' Oshie

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was hurt during a game-four loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL playoffs on Thursday.

The 32-year-old left game four of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs after going head first into the boards following a hit from Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele.

Oshie stayed down on the ice for several minutes and left soon after holding his shoulder and arm area.

There was no penalty called on the play.

Capitals coach Todd Reirden was heated about the play after the game.

"It was a defenseless player that was quite a distance from the boards," he told a news conference.

"That's an extremely dangerous play and he will not be with our team for a while."

Reirden elaborated: "He won't be playing any time soon."

"I was trying to lift his stick, trying to give him a little nudge," Foegele told reporters after the game. "It was a little unfortunate play there, I wasn't trying to hurt him or anything. I hope he's OK."

Oshie has a history of injuries and missed 23 games this season with concussion-like symptoms.

The Capitals lost the game 2-1 and the series is now tied 2-2.

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