John Gibson Almost Takes a Slapshot to the Face
A scary moment occurred about seven minutes into the first period of Wednesday night’s Lightning/Ducks game.
John Gibson was in desperation mode, attempting to stop a Steven Stamkos shot from the high slot when his defenceman Ben Lovejoy accidentally bumped his mask off. The result was pretty terrifying:
Yikes! The whistle immediately blew, and luckily Gibson was not injured on the play. The puck never made contact with his face.
The incident didn’t seem to phase Gibson. He was laughing and smiling as he got up after the play.
Ducks fans must be happy that he was okay, with Frederik Andersen already missing significant time with an upper-body injury.
It was certainly a scary moment for those that were watching, especially any goalie that knows how much damage a puck can do. It also brings back memories from only a few weeks ago when Henrik Lundqvist took a shot off the throat, and suffered a vascular injury. Lundqvist’s own teammate lifted his mask up on that play as well.
It’s important to make sure that masks fit properly, and a suitable amount of neck/throat protection is being used at all times. Nobody likes seeing a goalie take one off the head!