Islanders Defenseman Johnny Boychuk Needed 90 (!) Stitches After Taking A Skate Blade To The Face

Johnny Boychuk Needed 90 Stitches After Taking A Skate To The Face

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A scary scene in the NHL took place Tuesday night involving New York Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk when Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen fell in the crease and his skate blade slashed the defensman in the face.

Boychuk immediately put a hand to his left eye and raced off the ice, leading to speculation that the blade had grazed his eyeball.

Thankfully, that was not the case, but he certainly didn’t escape unscathed as Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello reported on Wednesday that there was no damage to Boychuk’s eye, but it did require 90 stitches to close the cut.

“He felt the skate blade get his eye. But, fortunately it just got the eyelid. It took 90 stitches to fix, a plastic surgeon took care of it. I don’t want to exaggerate with the stitches because they do very small stiches, but there were 90 of them. He’ll be fine,” said Lamoriello.

Don’t know about you, but 90 stitches is 90 stitches so he needn’t have worried about “exaggerating.”

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Boychuk’s teammates were certainly very concerned about his well-being in the locker room after the game.

Boychuk’s brother David, who played in the WHL, also shared on Twitter his thankfulness that things turned out okay…

And in true hockey fashion, he made light of the frightening injury.

Amazing. We almost had another Clint Malarchuk-type situation and they’re cracking jokes.


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