Daniel Sedin didn’t have a fun start to Monday’s game. He took a puck in the face four minutes into the contest and was left bloodied and toothless on the Vancouver bench. Sedin missed only minutes, though, and scored later in the game.
Daniel Sedin is lucky Tuesday isn’t team photo day for the Vancouver Canucks because he got some unexpected dental work Monday after taking a puck to the face.
Four minutes in Monday’s game against the Coyotes, Sedin was entering the offensive zone when the puck flipped up into the air over the head of Arizona defenseman Michael Stone. Stone was attempting to ward off the Canucks attack, and in doing so batted the airborne puck right back into Sedin’s face.
Sedin went down in a heap and when the replay is slowed down it’s not hard to see why. When the puck strikes Sedin in the face, something white flies out of Sedin’s mouth. That something is his front teeth. Ouch.
It looks even worse when Sedin gets back to the bench and his entire mouth is bloodied. He’s also sporting a few flecks of blood on his visor.
Even with his mouth battered and bloodied, though, Sedin missed less than two and a half minutes before returning to the ice. Post-game, Daniel’s brother Henrik spoke to media and said that Daniel would need at least a few new chiclets.
“I think he lost three or four teeth but it’s an accident that happens,” Henrik told The Province’s Ben Kuzma. “Losing a few teeth is not a big deal — that shouldn’t stop you from playing.”
It certainly didn’t stop Daniel, as later in the contest he netted a goal to pull the Canucks within one, but Vancouver dropped the game 3-2 to the visiting Coyotes.