Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/25/12
This is the ear of Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, all nice and stitched up. It wasn't always like that. In fact, when an Alex Ovechkin shot ricocheted off the glass in practice on Saturday, the puck caught Hendricks in the ear and he "quite surprisingly began bleeding profusely from his right ear and the surrounding area," in the words of Mike Vogel of the Caps blog Dump 'n Chase. This is because Ovechkin's shot ripped the top of Hendricks' right ear in half. Click here to see the severed ear of Matt Hendricks as a plastic surgeon worked on it. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH AND YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. SERIOUSLY, IT'S NIGHTMARE FUEL. Via Vogel: "It hit me and it was kind of surprising," says Hendricks. "It felt like somebody came up and hit me in the head with a baseball bat. It stunned me. I realized I was bleeding and pain was setting in. I knew it wasn't good. I was pretty upset. I was thinking of all the worst possible injuries I could have had and I was hoping that it wasn't
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