Five days ago, hockey fans witnessed a gruesome hit in Game 1 of the Montreal-Ottawa series. On Wednesday, officials again found themselves scraping blood off the ice of a Canadian rink, but this time no one will be suspended as a result of the play.
With 12:30 left in the third period, Toronto defenseman Mark Fraser absorbed the full force of a puck from Milan Lucic's slap shot with his forehead. Replays showed the blow instantly felling the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder and the officials quickly whistled the play dead. Medical personnel immediately rushed to Fraser, who left the ice on his own power.
The play could re-ignite the debate over the mandatory wearing of visors, as a visor likely would have protected Fraser from the shot.
Prior to the start of overtime, the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby tweeted that, "Fraser walks out of Leaf room with bandaged head. Walking OK."
The play was reminiscent of the 2010 playoffs when Philadelphia forward Ian Laperriere went down to block a shot a...