Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise

There are certain phrases you never want to read in an NHL recap (or your inbox), but I think the one that is most cringeworthy has to be "skate to the face."

Martin St. Louis was going after a loose puck just after a face off, late in the Tampa Bay game at Ottawa on Saturday. The linesman who dropped the puck did a little ill-advised pirouette to get out of the way of the scrum, just as St. Louis went head first into the action. The skate clipped him in the forehead opening up a gash that required eight stitches—although I suppose that's preferable to some of the other possible outcomes, like blindness or decapitation.

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Here's a link to another angle in a very large (file size) animated GIF. By the way, it's surprisingly difficult to find footage (or even a picture) of a guy getting his head cut open by a hockey skate. It barely got a mention in the game recap. I don't know what's wrong with this world sometimes.

St. Louis gets a skate to the face [Hockey Herald]
Senators 2, Lightning 0 [NHL.com]

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