Boston Bruins forward Nick Ritchie combined with a teammate to board Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan McDonagh into the glass at the end of the second period during the Bruins-Bolts round-robin game, Wednesday. McDonagh didn’t appreciate that much, so he got up and punched one of Ritchie’s teeth directly out of his mouth.
The story doesn’t end there.
As Ritchie was ushered away from the melee and to the tunnel, he flashed his new gap-toothed smile to referees, asking to retrieve his body part from the ice.
Instead, Ritchie was forced to retreat into the locker room and had to return minutes later during intermission, while the lights were out and the Zamboni was running, to retrieve his tooth. Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak joined him on the search.
The good news is that the rescue mission was successful and Ritchie’s chicklet was found, according to NBCSN. Thus concluding the most hockey thing to happen in this year’s playoffs so far.
And just FYI – this is the song that played in my head while I watched it live (since I’m forced to watch Disney Junior with my three-year-old son every day).