Kane was given a major penalty and a game misconduct in the wake of the incident.
With the Capitals up 5-2 at 5:01 in the third, Kane received a pass in front of Washington’s bench. Sensing a hit coming as Gudas approached from the Capitals’ zone, Kane appeared to connect with the head of the veteran D-man with his glove or the butt-end of his stick. Gudas crumpled to the ice and slid into the boards. He was seen labouring on the Capitals’ bench and being attended to by a team trainer.
Capitals coach Todd Reirden had no immediate update on Gudas’s condition after the game.