Hurricanes' Martin Necas gets puck to the face

Ailish Forfar
NHL Editor
Carolina Hurricanes Right Wing Martin Necas (88) in warmups prior to the regular season NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs on December 23, 2019. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Yowza. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Martin Necas was simply trying to get a little net-front presence in front of Montreal’s Charlie Lindgren but instead might be ending 2019 with a lot less teeth.

The puck comes from a point shot and seems to hit him directly in the jaw. Necas immediately throws his gloves and reaches for his face in pain — the refs blew the play down immediately.

Necas skated off the ice for repairs in a hurry, and returned at the start of the third period.

The 20-year-old has 9 goals and 22 points through 35 games this season.

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