Hockey is certainly a sport played on literal knives.
During Tuesday’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk collided awkwardly with Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen, resulting in a skate to the face.
Johnny Boychuk rushes off the ice after taking Artturi Lehkonen's skate to the face. Very scary. pic.twitter.com/NwpIQAzznP
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 4, 2020
During a mix up in front of the net, Lehkonen went hard to the ice and his leg flew into the air, sending his skate across Boychuk’s face. The 36-year-old blueliner rushed himself off of the ice after he seemed to be in tremendous pain.
On Wednesday, Isles GM Lou Lamoriello provided an update on Boychuk’s status, revealing the 36-year-old blueliner needed an astonishing 90 stitches to seal the wound on his eyelid.
Boychuk Injury Update from Lou Lamoriello: “Johnny Boychuk is ok. Fortunately the skate blade just got the eyelid. It took 90 stitches for a plastic surgeon to fix. But he’ll be fine.” #Isles pic.twitter.com/vYfsx9MAYO
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) March 4, 2020
Through 63 games this season, Boychuk has two goals, 11 points and 130 hits.
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