WATCH: Nic Dowd responds with heavy blows to Michael Eyssimont after controversial hit sends Nick Jensen off stretcher 

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Nic Dowd had a massive response on Michael Eyssimont's hit on Nick Jensen

In a dramatic showdown at Capital One Arena, the Washington Capitals' Nic Dowd, and Tampa Bay Lightning's Michael Eyssimont engaged in a fiery altercation. This encapsulated the raw emotions of a team seeking justice for their comrade, Nick Jensen.

The clash unfolded midway through a tense 2-2 game, following a harrowing incident in the first period that saw Jensen stretchered off the ice after a controversial hit by Michael Eyssimont. As the puck dropped for a faceoff in the Capitals' defensive zone, the tension was palpable, emotions ran high as players from both sides braced for the inevitable confrontation.

With adrenaline coursing through their veins, Nic Dowd and Michael Eyssimont wasted no time, shedding their gloves and exchanging blows swiftly and decisively.

Dowd's fists flew with precision, landing three consecutive punches that rocked Eyssimont, causing him to momentarily lose his balance. Yet, in a display of sheer determination, Eyssimont regained his composure, only to be forcefully slammed to the ground by Dowd, eliciting a thunderous roar of approval from the fervent crowd at Capital One Arena.

Jensen's absence loomed large over the game, his departure from the ice serving as a stark reminder of the risks inherent in professional hockey. Despite the intensity of the moment, the Capitals remained focused on the task at hand, determined to channel their emotions into a spirited performance on the ice.

Washington Capitals release statement after Michael Eyssimont hit on Nick Jensen amid playoff push

In the aftermath of the altercation, the Capitals released a statement confirming Jensen's condition, reassuring fans that the defenseman was conscious, alert, and in a stable condition. The Capitals will miss one of their top defenders, should he be out for an extended period amidst their playoff push.

The Washington Capitals are currently in a dogfight for the playoffs, with many suitors lining up hoping to knock them out of the playoff race. Right now, before the end of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals sit tied for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Behind them are the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, just one and two points behind. If the Capitals can beat the Lightning in a crucial game at home, it would go a long way in cementing their playoff-bound aspirations.

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