SEE: Canes' Micheal Ferland gets misconduct for hit to Nic Dowd's head

Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland received a misconduct for hit to Capitals' Nic Dowd.
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By 106.7 The Fan

A physical Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs became even more physical during the second period.

The hitting seemed to go up a notch in the second period after there were several high hits and late hits in the game's opening period, including one from Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, which resulted in a two-minute minor for elbowing.  

The worst of all the hits came from Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland just 4:09 into the period.

This is how #Canes' Micheal Ferland's day ended. However, the #Caps couldn't score on the 5-minute power play. #ALLCAPS

— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) April 13, 2019

Oh, that was nasty. And totally unnecessary.

It was a scary moment for Capitals fans and everyone connected with Caps forward Nic Dowd. 

The hit did not go unnoticed by the Caps bench and this could carry over to Game 3 on Monday night in Raleigh.

Tom Wilson barking at Ferland his entire way off the ice. Ferland being escourted to dressing room by official. Remember that for Monday.

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) April 13, 2019

However, the referee's decision to issue a five-minute major penalty and misconduct for Ferland. 

"I don't see head contact," Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour said to NBC's Pierre McGuire. "The frustrating part is they said it was a hit to the head when I didn't see it as a hit to the head."

While speaking to McGuire, Brind'Amour made reference to the Ovechkin hit, saying he thought it contained more contact to a player's head.

After the call was announced, Brind'Amour was apoplectic. 

Rod Brind'Amour is absolutely livid with the Ferland major #TakeWarning #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup

— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) April 13, 2019

Dowd was able to return to the ice during the second period.

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