Jayson Megna of the Pittsburgh Penguins got the worst of a collision with netminder Jonathan Bernier last night. The puck was poked to the top of the left faceoff circle, and Megna was coming in with speed and looking for a breakaway. Bernier didn’t hesitate one bit, and came storming out of his crease to beat the forward to the puck.
Both probably got a little more contact than they bargained for.
Bernier won the race for the puck, taking out Megna in the process. The Penguins forward was forced to leave the contest, and isn’t likely to play on Wednesday due to a lower-body injury sustained on the play.
Megna has a lower-body injury. “Unlikely to play” Wednesday in New York, per coach Bylsma #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 17, 2013
While the focus will be on the contact made between netminder and player, it’s really up to John Michael-Liles to not rip a slap shot off of a shin guard while shooting from the blue line. The play will almost turn around like this, and Bernier was forced to be aggressive here because of Liles and his inability to get the puck to the Pittsburgh net.
Meanwhile, the Penguins are down yet another player and might be forced to dig into the AHL even deeper to find warm bodies to insert into the lineup.