Hockey

Thomas Hickey delivers monster hit on Jonathan Drouin

In Game 3 between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas Hickey landed a monster hit on Jonathan Drouin that had fans flooding the Internet with their opinions.

Internet floods with concern for Drouin

Jonathan Drouin (27) of the Tampa Bay Lightning leaves the ice following a hit by Thomas Hickey (14) of the New York Islanders during the second period in Game 3 of their second-round series in Brooklyn. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Fans expected a nail-biter as the The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders faced off in Game 3 of their second-round series, each with a win so far. But New York's Thomas Hickey raised the bar and brought it to a whole other level.

With the game tied 1-1, Hickey demolished the Lightning's Jonathan Drouin with a monster hit in the second period:


Drouin immediately felt the effects.


The internet went to work and almost immediately #Drouin started trending.




If you're an Islanders fan, the hit was clean:


If you're a Lightning fan, you're outraged:


In response, the Lightning scored just minutes after.


But clearly the Islanders weren't going down without a fight.


Drouin displays his playoff toughness and returns to the ice half way through the 3rd period.


The question of the hour: was Hickey's hit on Drouin clean or dirty? Vote here:


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