While the game of hockey has never been faster and more skillful, the rebounding effect of raw play is almost guaranteed to get the fans up and putting life into any game.
Hockey matches are certainly fun from a distance, but it is not always possible for fans to see how much they take on a player’s body.
Calgary Flames winger Milan Lucic gave the NHL world a good reminder of that with a picture of his hands after the game.
Early in the second period of Thursday’s match between the Flames and Ottawa Senators, Lucic and Scott Sabourin lost their gloves in front of a breathtaking Scotiabank Saddledome crowd in Calgary. Lucic, as we have become accustomed to seeing over the years, quickly made work with Sabourin in hopes of making a comeback with his team down 2-0 at home.
The 33-year-old Lucic may have won the match, but the fight appears to have left traces, as evidenced by a photo of his hands that emerged after the Flames’ final 4-1 loss.
Lucic have recorded 13 points and 38 penalty minutes in 34 games this season. He has over 70 games throughout his 15-year NHL career.
His fight with Sabourin was not the only violent incident in Thursday’s fight as brothers Matthew and Brady Tkachuk exchanged their own cozy affairs, including a slash in the groin of Matthew on his little brother.
There is plenty to be frustrated with as the Flames have now lost four games in a row and eight of their last 10, outside of the last wildcard spot in the Western Conference – though with four more games to play compared to the San Jose Sharks.
Calgary are set to face the Florida Panthers at home on Tuesday. That should give Lucic’s hands enough time to heal.
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