There should be an update this morning on defenseman Jack Hillen, who was the unfortunate victim of an Alex Ovechkin-slapshot in the first period of last night's 7-2 loss to Washington.

Hillen lay on the ice for several minutes dripping blood from his mouth after he was smoked by the puck. Although there was a stretcher carted onto the ice, Hillen skated off, albeit with assistance from a team trainer.

"Obviously when I saw Jack go down, I knew it wasn't good," coach Scott Gordon said.

Hillen, who captain Doug Weight described as "hazy, but aware" was taken to North Shore Manhasset hospital for further evaluation.

Hopefully Hillen is okay...always frightening to see a player in that much pain.

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"it's one of those gross, scary things in the game," Weight said after the game. "You see a guy suffer a knee injury or shoulder injury and you certainly don't want to see that, but with this you just worry about the safety of the victim."

"Whether that's your teammate or not, you just get on your knees and hope he's okay."

I'll be boarding a flight at 8 am to Raleigh this morning, but Kimberley Martin will be filling in for me today. Islanders do not practice today, but will be at IceWorks in Syosset for off-ice workouts and meetings.

Dustin Kohn will be recalled to make the four-game trip that begins with tomorrow's game against Carolina.

Will be back with update as soon as I hear...