We've seen what kind of disastrous results throwing you body out to block a shot can have. Just ask Ian Laperriere or Trent McCleary. On Sunday, Tomas Pitule, a forward for HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga found out.
During a game against HC Hradec, Pitule slid in front of a René Vydarený shot and was hit in the mouth with the puck, fracturing his jaw. Here's what he looked like after the stitches and after the swelling kicked in:
If you're counting at home, Pitule needed 78 stitches total, 60 inside his mouth and 18 on the outside, according to iSport.
Pitule said he didn't think the jaw was broken after he went off the ice. It was only when he saw the eyes of the doctor examining him that he realized something was wrong. He's expected to miss at least the next six weeks.
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