In the first period of the Kraft Hockeyville game between the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets, Alex Ovechkinabsorbed a brutal high stick. After the game, he showed off the damage on Twitter. His left eye appears swollen and cut. His nose is bruised. His left cheek is swollen. And he has a cut above and on his swelling lip. Yuck.
A few minutes into the first period of the Kraft Hockeyville game in Belleville, Ontario, Washington Capitals fans saw something they did not want to see: reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin crumpled on the ice in pain.
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot caught Ovechkin in the face with a high stick as the Capitals captain skated through the neutral zone. The blade of Chiarot’s stick then got caught under Ovechkin’s shield and fell with Ovechkin to the ice. Ovi immediately skated off the ice bleeding from his nose and lip. Chiarot was given a double minor for high-sticking.
The start of the 2013-14 season has not gone very well for Evgeny Kuznetsov. In his first game, against the defending Gagarin Cup champions Dynamo Moscow, he put up a minus-4, garnering special recognition from Traktor’s head coach during the post-game press conference.
But Kuznetsov’s second game turned out to be even more of a disaster. He went hard into the boards just 30 seconds into the game and did not return. Shortly afterwards, Kuznetsov paid a visit to his favorite shoulder specialist, Dr. Emlich in Munich. Kuzya’s left shoulder joint (the same one Dr Emlich fixed a couple of years ago) was found to have sustained a tear in the capsule, and after additional tests today, Kuznetsov underwent a successful surgery.
Tom Wilsongot into two fights during Monday’s rookie game, prompting some unscheduled dental work. The Washington Capitals’ first-round pick in 2012 got clipped up high by a Flyers prospect in the second period, bleeding from the mouth as he made his way back to the bench. No call was made, natch. Wilson said later one of his bottom teeth got chipped in two.
“That’s an expensive non-call,” Wilson told reporters after the game. “They just numbed me up and then I got back out there.”