Islanders center Casey Cizikas and Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei had close calls early in Tuesday’s games. Cizikas had his wrist cut and Skjei was knicked in the face, both by teammates.
Casey Cizikas might be making some modifications to his equipment in the near future after a scare during Tuesday’s game against Washington, while Brady Skjei may have been momentarily longing for his full-cage wearing college days.
Just minutes into the first period of the Islanders meeting with the Capitals, Cizikas found himself behind the Washington net giving chase to Nicklas Backstrom. As Cizikas chased the puck, he attempted to leap by Backstrom, falling to the ground in the process, and as the play continued Cizikas attempted to push the puck along with the blade of his stick with the puck near his body.
With Cizikas down, Islanders winger Anders Lee and Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov approached the puck, the pair engaged and Lee’s skate wound up coming up and catching Cizikas in the wrist:
Thankfully for Cizikas, the play was blown dead quickly by the officials and the Islanders’ medical staff hurried off the ice with him as he headed in for repairs. Once back in the dressing room, Cizikas was worked on and shortly after the midway mark of the first frame he found his way back into the game, finishing out the period with three more shifts and 2:44 of total ice time.
Meanwhile, New York’s other squad, the Rangers, was in action against the Chicago Blackhawks when sophomore defenseman Skjei took the skate of Kevin Hayes right to the chops.
Skjei’s close call came when Kevin Hayes was in a battle for a loose puck with Marian Hossa. As Hayes went to attack the puck, his back skate came up off the ice and right into the mouth of Skjei, grazing his face but somehow leaving him relatively unscathed:
Luckily Skjei, like Cizikas, was able to return and continue the game.
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