Capitals wing Martin Erat spears Rangers' Brian Boyle in groin (Video)


Jan 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (4) checks Washington Capitals left wing Martin Erat (10) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Take note, young grasshoppers. Sitting on a live puck during an NHL game is a poor decision. It’s an even worse decision if you’re playing against Washington Capitals winger, Martin Erat.

With just over three minutes remaining in the second period of Sunday’s tilt between the Capitals and the New York Rangers, the puck was sent down to the opposite end of the ice where New York’s Brian Boyle attempted to retrieve it. He wasn’t without company though and Boyle lost his balance, eventually falling on the puck.

Apparently, he thought the referees would whistle the play dead but they didn’t. That allowed Erat, who had tired of Boyle just sitting on the puck, to gouge his stick right into the groin of Boyle, spearing him in the process.

It looked like an uncomfortable moment in live action but even worse once the slow motion replays captured Boyle’s reaction to the spearing.

Talk about a rough day at the office. That even made my knees go weak.


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