Apr 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) is defended by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Montreal's Gallagher takes puck to throat

Every year it gets stated, and every year it gets proven: NHL players are the toughest of the tough. And another example of a hockey player’s toughness occurred during the opening game of the first-round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.

Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher took a shot by teammate Alexei Emelin right in the throat, and left the game immediately after struggling to return to his feet. However — because he’s a hockey player — Gallagher missed only a short amount of time before returning to the ice for the Canadiens.

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