Monday, April 17, 2017

Werenski's Season Done Due to Facial Fracture

Zach Werenski has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season due to a facial fracture suffered in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins at Nationwide Arena.

Werenski was injured late in the second period when he was hit in the face by a shot off the stick of Phil Kessel. He would later return with a swollen, black-and-blue eye, wearing a full face shield, but the eye became too swollen for Werenski to see and he missed out on the overtime.

Werenski later tweeted this picture, which quickly went viral after the game.

The 19-year-old defenseman was one of the biggest stories of the 2016-17 NHL season. He finished the season with 11 goals and 47 points and was a plus-17. After being injured by an Alexander Ovechkin body check on April 2nd, Werenski missed the remainder of the regular season but made his return for Game 1 of the Penguins series. In three games he scored a goal and was a minus-2 for Columbus, who now trails the Penguins three games to none in their best-of-seven series.

"He's out," said head coach John Tortorella. "He's done for the year. Cracked cheekbone. I don't have the exact science of it."