During practice Wednesday, Michal Rozsival wore a full-face visor. Entering the locker room, he wore a cap, and just a few inches below it he wore a black patch of stitches on an upper lip that looked like it had been inflated by a tire pump.
And this was the veteran Blackhawks defenseman looking and feeling fortunate.
“Nothing broken, no teeth missing,” Rozsival said. “Could have been worse, so I’m very lucky.”
Remarkably so, actually, after a puck off the stick of the Oilers’ David Perron lasered into the Hawks bench Sunday and caught an unaware Rozsival directly in the mouth, literally knocking him off his seat.
“He could have got hit in a variety of places that would have caused some serious damage,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He was fortunate it was just stitches and some pain. Little higher, little lower, would have been trouble.”
But all Rozsival endured after that was about a half-hour of fix-up, he said, and he practiced Wednesday with the intent to play again...