Islanders' Boychuk gets face sliced by Canadiens' Lehkonen's skate

Thomas Williams
Hockey writer
Johnny Boychuk's face was sliced by an errant skate during Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hockey is certainly a sport played on literal knives.

During Tuesday’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk collided awkwardly with Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen, resulting in a skate to the face.

During a mix up in front of the net, Lehkonen went hard to the ice and his leg flew into the air, sending his skate across Boychuk’s face. The 36-year-old blueliner rushed himself off of the ice after he seemed to be in tremendous pain.

On Wednesday, Isles GM Lou Lamoriello provided an update on Boychuk’s status, revealing the 36-year-old blueliner needed an astonishing 90 stitches to seal the wound on his eyelid.

Through 63 games this season, Boychuk has two goals, 11 points and 130 hits.

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