Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert made a nice block on a shot attempt during Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, but his face paid the price. The shot by Ryan McDonagh rose up and drilled Calvert, who went to the floor with blood pooling up on the ice in front of him.
Matt Calvert takes a slap shot to the eye, skates off like it's no big deal. #HockeyTough #Warrior pic.twitter.com/fv8xduor4l
Calvert went down for a few moments while trainers rushed out to attend to him. But he then got up under his own power and skated off the ice as if nothing had happened.
He later returned to the game after receiving stitches. After the game, Calvert told the crowd he needed 30 stitches:
#CBJ Calvert tells the crowd he took over 30 stitches.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 19, 2016
Well, not only did he return to the game, but he scored the go-ahead short-handed goal that would serve as the game-winner in a 4-2 Blue Jackets victory:
-takes puck to face
-scores shorthanded goal#CBJ pic.twitter.com/PrQuAtT33Y
— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) November 19, 2016
That’s one heck of a night of hockey for Mr. Calvert.