Sliding to block a shot is usually a recipe for disaster, but at the very least a player can use his over-padded body to help lessen the impact. Alas, there is no “face pad.”
He played close to 15 minutes in Metallurg's 3-1 win over CSKA.
Wolski really took a chance here: That full-body lunge was an attempt to knock the puck away from Radulov with his stick. He was successful, but the puck deflected off his lumber and into his face.
And via his Instagram, here's the aftermath of Wojtek's face:
Which brings us to the ever-classy Radulov, who angrily skated over to the referee when they had the gall to stop play while Wolski bled out on the ice. But he did eventually give Wolski a tap on the backside with his stick in support.
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