Pucks fly into the bench in nearly every NHL game, but on Monday night, Sharks winger Tomas Hertl couldn’t get out of the way in time. Logan Couture’s stray clearing attempt caught Hertl in the face, forcing him out of the game for nearly the entire third period.
If you’ve been to a hockey game at any professional level, you’ve certainly heard the announcement to always keep your eye on the puck because it travels at high speeds and can cause injury if it leaves the playing surface. San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl is living proof of the damage a flying puck can do.
During Monday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Hertl’s teammate Logan Couture turned to a fire a puck out of the Sharks zone on a penalty kill. His accuracy was just a bit off, as the puck went zooming into the San Jose bench, striking Hertl in the face.
Hertl left the ice immediately, but due to the strange set up at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, he was forced to skate across the entire width of the ice with help from the Sharks trainer and teammate Tommy Wingels. In the video, you can see the concern on Couture’s face.
Thankfully, Hertl would return to action later in the third period, skating for one shift in the Sharks 3-2 last-second victory over the Jets. It’s unlikely he’ll miss any time, especially when you consider he was smiling after the game.