Alex Burrows faced down a rather scary moment on Sunday night when he was struck in the jaw by Chris Tanev’s clearing attempt in the second period. As the Vancouver Canucks took on the Carolina Hurricanes, Tanev attempted to fire the puck down the ice during a penalty kill and ended up hitting his teammate in the head instead.
Burrows left the ice in a hurry, leaving a trail of blood behind him in the process. Thankfully he returned and was able to finish the game, and the fact that he managed to avoid a much more serious injury wasn’t lost on him.
The Vancouver forward spoke to Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun at length about what was running through his mind after the puck hit him:
I lost a few pieces of teeth inside. But it was just more scary that I didn’t know what was happening on the outside. Inside my mouth, it was filling up with blood. I put my hand on my neck and I saw a lot of blood right away. That’s why I kind of panicked a little bit and tried to get off the ice. I remember as a kid, watching Clint Malarchuk. I remember my parents saying: ‘If anything like that ever happens to you, get off the ice and see a doctor as fast as you can.’ Obviously, it was far from as serious as that.
Malarchuk was a journeyman netminder that had his throat slashed by a skate during a game in 1989. ESPN has made a documentary about the incident and Malarchuk has been at the center of many memorable columns from sites like Grantland.