Dallas Stars center Jason Dickinson was baptized into the NHL postseason Wednesday night with a shoulder to the face from Nashville Predators forward Brian Boyle.
Brian Boyle welcomes Jason Dickinson to the playoffs with a massive hit pic.twitter.com/jJrjkYGoLT
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 11, 2019
The 6-6 245-pound Boyle popped the unsuspecting Dickinson as he turned the corner along the boards halfway through the first period.
Dickinson went to the locker room under his own power and was able to return to the game the following period.
The Predators led the Stars in hits, 19-11, through two periods in a contentious Game 1 of their first-round series.