Capitals’ Daniel Winnik Lost a Piece of His Ear Locking a Shot
Daniel Winnik is as tough as they get in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals forward sacrificed his body by sliding on the ice to block a Reilly Smith shot from the point midway through the third period against the Florida Panthers Thursday night.
Winnik took the puck off his right ear and stayed down on the ice in pain and eventually left the game before making a remarkable return to the Capitals bench.
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz gave an update to the media on Winnik’s condition following the game.
“Yeah, he didn’t know what was going to happen,” Trotz said. “He got the puck sort of in the ear hole and it sort of pinched off his ear. The trainers looked at him and he was just fine. He was just missing a part of his ear. He got chewed up a little bit so …. Yeah, it’s just a small piece, but it got chewed up.”
So, consider him available for their next game on Saturday against the New York Rangers.