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Last week it was Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers who helped provide us with evidence as to why the NHL playoffs are widely considered the most grueling post-season in professional sports. This time we take you to the Verizon Center in Washington for further proof supporting this statement.
During Game 5 between the Washington Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens, Caps’ forward Eric Belanger took a high stick to the face from Marc-Andre Bergeron. While being attended to on the bench, cameras caught Belanger digging through his bloody mouth before pulling out a tooth and handing it to a member of the training staff.
Belanger lost seven teeth and required 30 stitches to close the gash on his lip, but did not miss a shift in the process. He even required some dental work during the second intermission. So what did his coach have to say about this courageous performance?
“Having a root canal done between periods and coming back to play, the courage it takes to do that is phenomenal,” Boudreau said. “That’s what you see in the playoffs.
“You see (Flyers forward) Ian Laperriere, his face almost mangled by blocking a shot. Our guy Eric doing that should be an inspiration on what this means to people in the playoffs.” [TSN.ca]
Unfortunately for Belanger, his teeth were not the only thing lost on Friday night. His team would go on to lose the game by a score of 2-1, forcing them to return to Montreal for Game 6 tonight where they will hope to close out their best-of-seven series.
Hat Tip – [DC Sports Bog]