Last weekend, both Anaheim Ducks forward George Parros and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty take pucks to the face. Parros, who doesn't wear a visor, had surgery on his left eye Monday to fix a torn retina. He'll be fine after taking the next four weeks to recover. Luckily for Doughty, he was saved by his visor and played the remainder of the game.
Early in the third period of tonight's Boston Bruins and New York Islanders game, Daniel Paille took a Steve Staios slapshot directly to the face:
Via SB Nation Boston's Jesse Holland, here's the bloody mess Paille's helmet was afterwards:
Very encouraging that Paille was quick to get up off the ice and down the runway on his own power. He didn't return to the game and Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said afterwards that Paille took it near the nose and will see a specialist tonight.
The Bruins separated themselves from the Islanders with a 3-goal third period en route to a 6-2 victory. Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton scored 49 seconds apart, just like Marc Savard predicted.