Hillen leaves home opener with lower body injury

Hillen leaves home opener with lower body injury
October 3, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Wilson retaliates after Flames' hit on Hillen

(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Last season, Jack Hillen was knocked out of the Capitals’ season opener with a shoulder injury that sidelined him for two months.

This season, the veteran defenseman made it to Game 2 before suffering what appears to be a serious injury to his right hip, leg or knee.

With 8:01 gone in the first period Hillen was drilled into the left wing boards by Flames left wing Lance Bouma. He collapsed to the ice while Caps rookie Tom Wilson hunted down Bouma and pummeled him in a fight.

Hillen remained on the ice for several minutes before being helped to the trainer’s room by Alex Ovechkin and athletic trainer Greg Smith.

The Capitals had no further information on the injury, other than to say it’s to Hillen’s lower body.

If Hillen, a left-handed shot, is out an extended period, the Caps have a limited number of options. Newly acquired defenseman Alex Urbom is a left-handed shot and could play alongside rookie Connor Carrick. Dmitry Orlov, now with the Bears, is also a left-handed shot.

Steve Oleksy and Tyson Strachan are other options, but both are righties and Adam Oates prefers right-handed shots on the right side and left-handed shots on the left.