March 4, 2020
The New York Islanders may have lost Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens, but defensive player Johnny Boychuk almost lost more than that. Boychuk required 90 stitches to repair a cut around his eyelid after being hit in the face by the skate of the Montreal Canadiens’ Artturi Lehkonen.
Boychuk left the game in the third period, after a skate hit what he said felt like his eye. He immediately left the ice.
Islanders’ president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters, “there’s been no damage to his eye,” he said. “He felt the skate blade hit his eye, but fortunately just got the eyelid.”
“Boychuk also tweeted about the situation Wednesday, thanking fans for their messages, Thank you to everyone for the positive messages and thoughts! I am extremely grateful. Please know they did not go unheard. Luckily for me the skate only cut my eyelid. Sorry for the late response…facial recognition wasn’t working… thank you again my friends.”