Two bone-crunching hits have taken place in the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid perhaps fortunate to escape without a penalty for his shot on the San Jose Sharks' Marcus Sorensen.

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NHL star lucky to get away with late hit


VIDEO Connor McDavid could consider himself fortunate not to be called for an interference call when he drilled Marcus Sorensen in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Source: NHL NHL star lucky to get away with late hit

McDavid's Oilers were trailing 3-1 to the Sharks in game five of their first-round series when he blindsided Sorensen in the middle of the ice.

Edmonton recovered the puck in the process and produced a driving shot, though they wouldn't score.

One commentator said "it could have easily been an interference call" on the 20-year-old centre, and fans seemingly agreed.

The Oilers went on to make a stunning comeback to take control of the seven-game series.

Edmonton scored late in the second and third periods to send the game to overtime, where they pulled out another goal for a 4-3 victory.

Earlier in the night's action, Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith knocked the helmet off the head of Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson with a brutal hit.

The Predators were just 20 minutes away from moving on to the second round of the playoffs, leading 1-0 on the night after three wins to open the first-round series.

With the Blackhawks keen to make their way back into the series Keith made the decision to lay a strong hip check on Arvidsson along the boards.

Remarkably, Arvidsson got straight back up off the ice - although he did spend some time on the bench.

Yet he came back to score the final goal of the game as Nashville won 4-1 to secure the series win.

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