Thomas Hickey delivers monster hit on Jonathan Drouin
Internet floods with concern for Drouin
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:
Thomas Hickey absolutely DESTROYS Drouin with this huge hit. 😮💪🏼 <a href="https://t.co/XSlga4LGHj">https://t.co/XSlga4LGHj</a>—@HKY_Tweets
Drouin immediately felt the effects.
Drouin wobbled off the ice after that hit, sat briefly on the bench then wobbled some more to the visiting locker room.—@longleysunsport
The internet went to work and almost immediately #Drouin started trending.
Hope Drouin is okay. I felt that from here ⚡️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoBolts?src=hash">#GoBolts</a> ⚡️—@MarkWilsonTV
"If you're just joining us, Jonathan Drouin's brain has demanded a trade out of his body."—@mpetrella
RIP Jonathan Drouin March 1995- May 2016 <a href="https://t.co/4BZ0tIibW6">https://t.co/4BZ0tIibW6</a>—@Teeps14
If you're an Islanders fan, the hit was clean:
That hit on Drouin was beautiful. Gotta keep your head up man.—@thecoolestkidin
If you're a Lightning fan, you're outraged:
Hockey needs to protect players like Drouin. He is why we watch. Not for guys like Hickey. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Isles?src=hash">#Isles</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bolts?src=hash">#Bolts</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBLvsNYI?src=hash">#TBLvsNYI</a>—@mgolda1216
In response, the Lightning scored just minutes after.
GIF: Victor Hedman’s Game 3 Goal: Hedman goal <a href="https://t.co/ZrpKScS9Gj">pic.twitter.com/ZrpKScS9Gj</a> — Stephanie… <a href="https://t.co/gx9KVRETD3">https://t.co/gx9KVRETD3</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/LightningShout">@LightningShout</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBLightning?src=hash">#TBLightning</a>—@TBLightningFeed
But clearly the Islanders weren't going down without a fight.
Leddy goal <a href="https://t.co/Y87ZGy8huF">pic.twitter.com/Y87ZGy8huF</a>—@myregularface
Drouin displays his playoff toughness and returns to the ice half way through the 3rd period.
Drouin is back from the dead—@Danielamb18
The question of the hour: was Hickey's hit on Drouin clean or dirty? Vote here: