Andre Burakovsky is starting to take his snakebitten season out on his equipment.
And OMG, EVERYBODY ON THE BENCH WATCH OUT!
In the second period, the Swedish forward was unhappy with an offside call. To let out his frustration, Burakovsky attempted to break his stick except there was one tiny, beard-y problem.
Braden Holtby, who was serving as the team’s backup goaltender, sat nearby. In a split second, Holtby threw up his catching glove to either protect himself from losing an eye or to try and make a sassy glove save on a shard of fiberglass.
Several seconds later Holtby began laughing because he’s a hockey player and almost being impaled by a teammate is funny I guess.
That wasn’t the only weird stick breaking incident that happened during the game.
Devante Smith-Pelly’s twig snapped in half after he got tangled up with Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella. But he wasn’t without a stick for long! Capitals head equipment manager Brock Myles had a new one waiting for him in an instant.
Let’s break that down into slow motion. It appears Myles had a new stick already handed out to Smith-Pelly before the collision even took place.
Rasmus Ristolainen’s stick was the final stick to go to a better place during the game. After a lazy play in the defensive zone, Evgeny Kuznetsov stole the puck and scored his 69th (nice) career goal on an empty net.
Ristolainen raged and took his frustration out on the NHL App promotion.
Stick breaks are common in hockey, but this is bizarre.
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