Andre Burakovsky had an eventful first period. The 21-year-old forward extended his point streak to six games after assisting on Dmitry Orlov’s power-play goal. He also may have lost part of a tooth.
Late in the period, a forechecking Burakovsky tried to take the puck to the net. Instead Noah Hanifin tripped Burakovsky and high-sticked the former Swedish teen model as he fell to the ice.
Burakovsky was a bloody mess.
Nicklas Backstrom was already handsome. Now he’s hockey handsome.
In the second period, as Marcus Johansson passed to Backstrom in the neutral zone, the puck bounced up and hit the talented Swede in the face. Backstrom immediately retreated to the bench, bleeding from the mouth.
That’s when something amazing happened.
According to RMNB reader @Caribosa (who’s at Saddledome sitting by the bench tonight), Backstrom reached into his own mouth, a la Eric Belanger, and ripped that broken tooth out and gave it to the trainer.
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