Martin Havlat sits for Devils as face recovers from gruesome lacerations (Photo)

Martin Havlat’s face is quite different than it was a couple of days ago. On Thursday, he was shoved into the boards behind the Washington Capitals’ net and also made contact with referee Darcy Burchell. The end result was messy:

Fortunately for Havlat, there was no structural damage, only some bad, bad cuts. He took part in New Jersey’s morning skate and later the pre-game skate on Saturday, raising questions of whether he might make a quick return from such an ugly injury.

Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Havlat was scratched in favor of Damien Brunner, but not before CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil caught a quick snap of the aftermath through his face shield:

Yikes. That’s bad. But take off that mask and here’s a better view of the damage, via Sarah Mathews:

That's bad. Really gets you in the Halloween theme, but that's bad.

Best wishes, Marty.

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