New Jersey Devils starting goaltender Cory Schneider may not have played Thursday against the Capitals, but he unwittingly found himself a part of the action during a second period power play.
As Brooks Orpik defended Marcus Johansson as he entered the zone, the Caps defenseman swung his stick and accidentally struck Schneider in the side of the head.
It was scary, but Cory would be okay.
“On that play, Cory Schneider was clipped up high,” NBC Sports Washington’s Craig Laughlin, who first observed the dangerous play, said. “He had to run down the runway. He was clipped by the Brooks Orpik stick as he defended the man coming into the zone.”
NBC Sports Washington cameras provided two angles and both show Orpik’s stick make contact.
Schneider however would return to the bench several minutes later as if nothing ever happened.
Hockey players: They’re tough even when they’re not playing.
Jan 19 Update:
Cory Schneider said he woke up this morning and wasn't feeling well again. Also, needed stitches behind his left ear after getting whacked on the bench last night by a Caps' stick, believe it was Brooks Orpik.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) January 19, 2018
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