Detroit Red Wings forward Brendan Perlini directly got away major injury in Buffalo on Tuesday when he took a skate to the face in the first duration.
Perlini hit Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju simply over 4 minutes into the game after he disposed the puck in the neutral zone. As both players toppled to the ice, Jokiharju’s left skate came up straight into Perlini’s face.
Red Wings fitness instructors assisted Perlini off the ice with a towel over his face after a timeout, and he eventually required stitches to fix a laceration to his nose. The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James likewise reported that Perlini, who declined to offer a full interview after the game, suffered a bruised right orbital bone in the occurrence.
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Thankfully for Perlini, his eyes appeared untouched by the scary occurrence. Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill stated after the game that Perlini will continue taking a trip with the team on its journey (Detroit next plays in New Jersey on Thursday). The coach did not state whether he anticipates Perlini to dress versus the Devils.
“We were all scared when it first happened, when we first saw it, that it had gone near his eye,” Blashill stated by means of press release. “That’s the thing you’re most worried about. It’s just an unfortunate situation where the skate came up and he was falling and it caught him in the face. Super scary. At that point, I think both teams just worried about his well-being. Thankfully, he’s going to be all right.”
“It was really scary,” Detroit forward Dylan Larkin stated. “He’s a great player, he’s just starting to hit his stride with us. To see that, from the bench we got a pretty good look, it’s scary sight anytime a guy gets a skate like that up high. Seemed like it was kind of slow motion, too. It came across and got him. It obviously wasn’t intentional. It was just a scary play. He’s doing all right. I just spoke with him back there, he’s feeling better. He’s a tough guy, we’re happy he’s all right.”
Perlini scored his first goal of the year on Sunday versus the Boston Bruins.