On Thursday, Justin Williams scored a goal in the most unfortunate and agonizing way possible.

The Carolina Hurricanes’ captain opened the scoring in the first period against the Florida Panthers after a Brett Pesce shot from the point deflected off of his face and into the net. Williams immediately covered his face in pain.

Here’s another angle, and it doesn’t look any less gruesome:

Williams is a tough dude. After going to the bench for some repairs he returned to the ice relatively quickly.

The marker is Williams 16th goal of the season. By season’s end, it will probably be his most memorable score.

This play will surely be used in future ‘hockey players are tougher than other athletes” memes – and understandably, so. Williams took the puck like a champ. Thankfully, he didn’t suffer any major damage from the deflection.

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