It’s always bad when a player gets cut by a skate — and it’s got to make a player feel even worse when he’s the one who cuts another player with his blade, particularly when that other player is his teammate.
During the final seconds of the first period between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders in game four, though, that’s exactly what happened. Capitals blue liner John Carlson cut his own defensive pairing, Brooks Orpik, in the face with his skate when the two got tangled up near the net. Here’s the replay:
GIF: Orpik falls on top of Carlson here, I think, and it is Orpik who gets cut pic.twitter.com/F2JkQREtZv
— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) April 22, 2015
Orpik immediately left the ice, while the attendants had to scrape the blood off the surface prior to the players continuing. It’s not an uncommon sight — it’s not even all that uncommon to see players cut by skate blades, as a handful of players each season suffer blade-induced injuries (the worst this season going to Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth, who was out nearly the entire season with an arm laceration, and Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller, who received nearly sixty stitches around his eye earlier this spring).
Still, it’s never fun to watch happen; add in the need for Orpik to remain healthy as the Capitals battle to stay in the playoff chase, and things aren’t looking all that bright for Washington. Even after being pulled from the ice, Orpik finished the first period with the third most ice time on the team — it’s likely that had he not been pulled, he would have finished with the same heavy time as pairing Carlson.
With twenty minutes elapsed in the period and Orpik likely being attended to in the Capitals dressing room, the two teams are tied at one goal apiece — Washington’s tally coming from Alex Ovechkin and New York’s from Casey Cizikas.