NHL playoffs: Hard hits and injuries

Hockey is a notoriously violent sport, but the number of injuries during this season's Stanley Cup playoffs seems unusually high. Players have been losing teeth, getting hit in the face with pucks, and even suspended.


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&OTTAWA, CANADA - MAY 5: Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the Ottawa Senators bends down to retrieve his tooth after the got a high stick in the face after scoring a second period goal against the Montreal Canadiens as team mates Colin Greening #14, Chris Neil #25, Sergei Gonchar #55 and Marc Methot #3 of the Ottawa Senators celebrate in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place, on May 5, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

MAY 5: Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the Ottawa Senators bends down to retrieve his tooth after the got a high stick in the face after scoring a second period goal against the Montreal Canadiens as team mates Colin Greening #14, Chris Neil #25, Sergei Gonchar #55 and Marc Methot #3 of the Ottawa Senators celebrate in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place, on May 5, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser is helped off the ice after getting hit in the face by a puck during the third period of Game 4 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

WCHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits the ice after being shoved down by Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

APRIL 30: Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits the ice after being shoved down by Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

Ducks beat Red Wings 4-0 after Abdelkader's hit

Referee Steve Kozari signals to the bench for a trainer after Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman, of Finland, was checked by Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Detroit, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) skates towards Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (93), of Sweden, after he hit the boards during the third period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinal game in Detroit, Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)