Taking a puck to the face doesn't sound like the ideal situation for anyone, but for 19-year old Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski, it was just a minor bump in the road during last night's playoff game against the Penguins.
The Blue Jackets rookie had himself quite the roller-coaster night, as he was able to record his first career playoff goal in the first period of Game 3 loss last night, but his wild night didn't end there. In the second period of last night's game, the rookie defenseman took a puck directly to the face, and immediately had to exit the game, as he leaked blood all over the ice - but his night was not over. To the surprise of, well probably no one because Hockey players don't abide by the laws of pain or injury, Werenski returned to the ice in the third period, with he eye sown up and swollen. He would play through the third, but unfortunately the swelling became too much for him in OT, and he was unable to continue, as he was virtually blind in his right eye.
The Blue Jackets announced this morning that Zach Werenski would miss the remainder of the season with the injury, and with his team down 3-0 to the Penguins, that may only be one more game. But you've gotta tip your hat to this young savage, for not only getting himself his first career game, but by showing the world once again that there is "tough", and then there is "Hockey Tough".