The start of the Caps/Leafs game was strange. Leafs’ grinding extraordinaire Matt Martin opened the scoring with a breakaway goal. But I want to focus on the opening face off.
As the Leafs gained possession off the draw, the puck deflected off Nikita Soshnikov’s stick and into the Caps bench. The puck struck Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz square in the forehead.
Midway through the first period, CSN aired a replay.
And here’s the look from Sportsnet’s Ref Cam.
Trotz was looking the other way when the deflected puck jumped up and clipped him. At first, Trotz is surprised and seems confused on what happened. But then he looks at the referee, has this sassy look like Whatever, dude, and keeps coaching.
The gash looked gnarly on TV.
However, Trotz remained in the game. It wasn’t even a thing.
The Caps outfitted him with a tiny, flesh-colored bandaid.
In hockey, even the coaches are as tough of nails.