Johansson to have hearing for illegal check on Hickey

Watch as Marcus Johansson lays a vicious hit to Thomas Hickey, landing a flying elbow on the Islanders defenceman.

Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, the league announced Friday.

Friday’s hearing will address Johansson’s illegal check to the head of Thomas Hickey during the first period of Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders. (Watch video, above.)

After leaving the ice initially, Hickey would return to the game. Johansson was issued a two-minute minor penalty.