Luckily for Johnson, it wasn't. After the game, Johnson tweeted humorously that he "can't get his mug to look much worse," so he may as well "add a few zips." If you don't believe that Johnson's situation could have been far worse, just take a look at this play from the KHL this weekend (warning: graphic): FYI: The player in the video above was deemed fine by his team's medical staff, and his injuries are not career threatening.
Erik Johnson got cut on inside of his lip by Rick Nash's skate. He had a scratch across his visor b/c blade hit it flush. Wear visors, kids.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 4, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
File under: Scary as heck. Also file under: How about a penalty? Watch video above and see how Rick Nash lets his skate recklessly fly up into the face of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson. Johnson would leave the ice, get a few stitches and return, but it could have been far worse.