Ex-Cap defender Matt Niskanen sure had a day yesterday. In Philadelphia’s 6-1 blowout win over the Detroit Red Wings, Niskanen had the following stat line:
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Okay. So. Detroit defender Dennis Cholowski took an innocent shot from the blue line that was a bit higher than you’d want. Still, it found traffic up front. Except: that traffic was Matt Niskanen’s face. Niskanen covered his face, and then — in defiance of the human condition itself, he stayed in the play while blood leaked out of his head.
Niskanen left the ice, but came back with a full cage mask, some absorbent products stuffed into his nose, and a bunch of fresh stitches. Upon returning, Niskanen fed Sean Couturier for this gorgeous rush goal.
So I suppose his eyesight wasn’t too hindered by the cage. That’s a great read. The Flyers whipped the Red Wings 6-1 and now sit third in the division.
After the game, Niskanen was his typical low-key self about the injury, saying it looks worse than it feels.
“On a scale of 1-10 how much does it hurt?”
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 29, 2019
Niskanen has two goals and nine assists through 26 games this season. He’s averaging 21.7 minutes a night, and right now he looks like he drank too much fruit punch at a five-year-old’s birthday party.
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