NEW YORK — Another Islander suffered an injury at the hands of an errant skate blade. The victim this time was Johnny Boychuk, who took the skate of Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen to the face.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz did not have an immediate update on Boychuk after the game.
“It was pretty scary,” Trotz said. “Obviously it was around the facial eye area, so he’s obviously being evaluated.”
The incident occurred with 11:18 left in the third period and the Islanders defenseman sprinted off the ice holding his face. It was the third incident this season that involved an Islander player getting injured by a skate.
In December, Cal Clutterbuck had his wrist cut by a skate blade in Boston and Casey Cizikas was cut on his leg in early February.
Clutterbuck looked shaken after the game when he discussed the incident with Boychuk. The Islanders forward told reporters that an injury like that was not easy to see.
“It’s just not fun to see that at all,” he said.
A tweet from David Boychuk, Johnny Boychuk’s brother, appeared to indicate that the Islanders defenseman was doing ok.
“That’s a scary situation,” Anders Lee said after the game. “You hate to see that happen. It happens quick, a skate up in the face. We’ll check up on him here. That’s where all our minds are that’s for sure.”
The Islanders lost Tuesday’s game to the Canadiens, 6-2.