New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck left Thursday’s game against the Boston Bruins after he was cut on the wrist by a skate blade.
The 32-year-old veteran immediately made for the Islanders’ locker room at TD Garden in Boston after Bruins center Patrice Bergeron fell to the ice, causing his skate to lift in the air and catch Clutterbuck somewhere on the left arm during a play in the neutral zone. He threw off his gloves in reaction to the injury before exiting the game.
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After the game — the Islanders defeated the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins in a shootout by a score of 3-2 — New York head coach Barry Trotz had no immediate update on Clutterbuck’s status. Trotz did say that Clutterbuck went to the hospital for stitches as a result of his injury.
Trotz gives an update on Clutterbuck: “All I have right now is he’s gone to the hospital for evaluation, just getting stitched up. When I have another update we’ll get it to you.” pic.twitter.com/kT5aMKyRKt
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 20, 2019
Lacerations from skate blades are some of the most frightening injuries that can happy in hockey due to the immediate need for medical attention and potential for blades to pierce through equipment, like the hockey world saw with Ontario Hockey League goaltender Tucker Tynan’s severe injury earlier this month.
Clutterbuck skated 11 minutes and 52 seconds and registered a game-high eight hits on Thursday.