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Casey Cizikas delivers hit of the playoffs on Erik Condra (Video)

The New York Islanders’ checking line was arguably the most effective in the league this season, but wasn’t in their first round series against the Florida Panthers. 

Perhaps Casey Cizikas was trying to set the tone, then, with the hit of the playoffs on Erik Condra of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of their second-round series on Wednesday night.

Condra collected a puck that was dumped into the corner of the Lightning’s defensive zone. He turned to fire the puck back out and as he did Cizikas shoved him into the boards with some serious velocity.

Condra remained on his back for several moments before being helped off the ice. It was his second shift of the game.

No penalty on the play – just a brutally efficient hit by one of the Islanders’ best bangers. 


Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.



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