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Ryan Dzingel needed to have ear 'reconstructed' after taking puck to the face

Ryan Dzingel suffered multiple lacerations to his ear and head after catching a shot in the side of the face, but he somehow returned to the game with a “reconstructed” ear.
via Sportsnet/YouTube

via Sportsnet/YouTube

Well, here’s something gross: Erik Karlsson’s errant shot that struck teammate Ryan Dzingel in the head resulted in the 24-year-old needing to have his ear reconstructed.

Late in the first period, with Ottawa in Boston’s zone, the puck was worked across the blueline to Karlsson, and the Senators’ leading scorer wound up to let a shot go. As he released the shot, though, the puck appeared to deflect off the stick of Bruins winger Matt Beleskey, changing the direction of the puck enough that it sped right towards the head of Senators winger Ryan Dzingel.

As one could imagine, Dzingel immediately hit the ice clutching his head before being whisked back to the dressing room:

For obvious reasons, Dzingel missed the remainder of the first period, and he wasn’t on the bench when the second period began, leading some to believe he might be done for the night. However, midway through the second frame, Dzingel was back on the ice and he took a normal shift for the rest of the night, skating another seven-plus minutes in the Senators’ win.

So, what was the reason for Dzingel’s prolonged absence? He needed to have his ear pieced back together.

“I’ll be honest with you guys, what a warrior, because that was not pretty,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said post-game. “Like this is multiple lacerations, stitched and restitched. I think the doctors had their fun with that one. So to see him come back was pretty impressive, and actually come back and play hard. It must have been killing him because they kind of reconstructed a huge part of his ear and the back. It wasn’t pretty.”

Hard to tell what the worst part of that quote is, the multiple lacerations to the head or that doctors rebuilt his ear by stitching over and over again.

“When you see that, a guy doesn’t want to bail out, wants to come back and play against a tough, physical team, it’s very impressive,” Boucher added.

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