Tampa's Matt Carle lays into the Rangers' Chris Kreider during the second period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final Friday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Game 7 between the Rangers and Lightning Friday was a no-scoring affair through the first two periods, but featured plenty of physical action – including this mammoth hit Bolts defenseman Matt Carle laid on Blueshirts winger Chris Kreider.
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final Friday was a no-scoring affair through the first 40 minutes, but it was also a passionate (read: physical) contest that included Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle levelling New York Rangers left winger Chris Kreider with a massive check.
Kreider had his head down on the second-period hit, and paid for it (although he immediately jumped up, resumed playing and never missed a shift after that). It was easily the hit of the night to that point in the game, and one of the biggest hits of the 2015 post-season tournament:
Always keep your head up, kids. You adults, too.