Losing teeth in the NHL is nothing new, but it’s rarely this horrible.
Barclay Goodrow of the New York Rangers was sent to the dentist early during a 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
The fourth line was sent spiraling to the ice during the first period of the road loss at the Canadian Tire Center and did not return from the locker room.
Teammate K’Andre Miller sent the puck back into the offensive zone in an attempt to maintain possession, but inadvertently sent it straight into Goodrow’s mouth.
The 30-year-old forward ended up face-down on the ice and, after getting up, a gummy, bloody tooth was left in its place.
Another skater then knocked it down with his stick, as Goodrow likely attempted to surgically reattach it.
“Yeah, it’s tough,” Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette said.
“Look, it happens. We certainly don’t like to see that, he’s an important part of our team for many different reasons.
During intermission, the Rangers tweeted: “UPDATE: Barclay Goodrow (upper body) will not return tonight. »
Fortunately for the two-time Stanley Cup winner, the Rangers won’t play again until Sunday, giving him plenty of time to get his smile back in time for the trip to Los Angeles.