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Brock Nelson OK Following Dangerous hit in Game 2

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Brock Nelson said he was feeling good after Wednesday’s Game 2 loss to the Tamp Bay Lightning. The Islanders forward had been the recipient of a dangerous hit from Alex Killorn in the first period and then continued to take a beating after he returned to. the game later on.

Nelson was in the Islanders zone and had gotten rid of the. puck when Killhorn caught Nelson with the hard-hit from behind. Nelson went hard into the boards and he crumpled to the ice.

The 28-year-old skated off under his own power and immediately went to the Islanders’ dressing room. Killorn was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

“I went through all the protocols and doctor did a good job with the precautionary measures. Making sure everything was good. I didn’t want to rush anything. One of those days you kind of felt you were getting hit quite a bit. That’s part. of the game. Just try to fight through it and get to your game.”

Nelson returned to the Islanders bench in the middle of the second period after being checked out following Killorn’s hit. Then on his first shift back, Barclay Goodrow cross-checked Nelson in the head.

That play went unpenalized.

“Just a weird play there and I was just trying to get back into it, but you can’t expect to go out there and ease back into it,” Nelson said. “You have to know you’re good to go and just get back to playing. It is what it is.”

Islanders coach Barry Trotz agreed with the penalty that was given to Killorn for the first period hit. Trotz went as far as to call it a dangerous play when speaking with reporters.

The hit later in the game Trotz felt was a targeted one. “They knew he was hurt. They targeted him a little bit,” the Islanders bench boss said.

Trotz stopped short of criticizing the officials for other potential missed calls during Game 2.

“It’s a really tough job and I have. a total appreciation for the referees and the linesmen,” Trotz said. “There’s going to to be missed, not called. You have to play through it. It’s playoff hockey. There’s no reason. We win the faceoff we’re not even talking about it.”

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