New York Winners Forward Cal Clutterbuck dropped Thursday’s game against the Boston Bruins after being cut to the wrist with a skate blade.
The 32-year veteran immediately made for the Islanders’ locker at TD Garden in Boston after Bruins center Patrice Bergeron fell on the ice, causing his skate to fly up and grab Clutterbuck somewhere in the left hand during a game of th zone. He threw his gloves in response to injury before leaving the game.
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After the game – the Islanders beat the Bruins Atlantic Division champion in a 3-2 penalty shootout – New York coach Barry Trotz had no immediate information on Clutterbuck’s condition. Trotz said Clutterbuck went to the hospital for stitches as a result of his injury.
Trotz tells Clutterbuck: “All I have right now is that he went to the hospital for evaluation, just to get stitched. When I have another update, we’ll bring it to you.” Pic.twitter.com/kT5aMKyRKt
– New York Island (@NYIslanders) December 20, 2019
The problems with skate blades are some of the most frightening injuries to hockey can cause due to the urgent need for medical care and the ability for blades to pass through equipment, as the hockey world saw with the serious injury of Tucker Tynan.
Clutterbuck led for 11 minutes and 52 seconds and recorded eight hits on Thursday.