Hey Everyone, Want to See What Alex Ovechkin’s Puck Did to Matt Hendricks Ear? (Warning: Graphic)
In his own words, via Dump and Chase:
“We were in groups,” recalls Hendricks. “There’s a group taking some shots at one end, and we were out by the blueline working on our face-offs. [Alex Ovechkin] took a shot and missed the net a little high. It hit the glass and came out. We all know how hard he shoots; it ended up catching me in the ear. It wasn’t direct, but from what he says it was picking up speed on the glass.”
“It hit me and it was kind of surprising,” says Hendricks. “It felt like somebody came up and hit me in the head with a baseball bat. It stunned me. I realized I was bleeding and pain was setting in. I knew it wasn’t good. I was pretty upset. I was thinking of all the worst possible injuries I could have had and I was hoping that it wasn’t going to be that bad.”
“Anytime you get hit in the head,” begins Hendricks, “you worry about the worst possible thing which would be a concussion. Fortunately, nothing like that happened. At the same time, I wasn’t real sure how this was going to fit my helmet and if I’d be able to play that way. Brock [Myles] and Woody [Leydig] and the training crew did a great job coming up with a good plastic cover that really didn’t touch my ear at all and was able to protect it at the same time. We were joking that it’s like a sidecar on a motorcycle to hold my ear on.”
Champ reaction. Here's that pic. You've been warned.