NBCSN’s Brian Engblom Takes Puck to the Face, Gets Stitches, Returns to Action (Videos)

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If you want to be a rinkside NHL reporter you had better be tough as nails. Eventually you are going to get hit in the face by a chunk of frozen rubber, and the whole internet is going to be watching to see how you respond.

On Sunday, NBCSN color analyst Brian Engblom had his puck-to-the-face moment. And he passed the test with flying colors.

Engblom was between the benches for the Penguins-Sharks game. Late in the second period, Sidney Crosby deflected a Sharks outlet pass up and over the boards and right into Engblom’s forehead, opening up a nasty gash. However, Engblom, a former NHL defenseman, barely missed a…well, color analysts don’t have shifts. But if they did, he would barely have missed one. The guy went in to the locker room, got stitched up, and returned to finish the game.

Take a look:

After the game, Engblom even laid a little guilt trip on Crosby in the post-game interview:

If I got hit in the face with a hockey puck and needed a bunch of stitches to close the gap, I’d probably miss a week of work.

Obviously, I’m not a hockey player.

Hat Tip – [Pro Hockey Talk]

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