A scary incident occurred in the Boston Bruins’ matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, as Bruins forward Jakub Lauko was cut in the face and was rushed to the locker room, bloodied and with a towel over his face.
The Bruins released an update on Lauko late last night, and all fans breathed a sigh of relief as it was positive.
The incident happened in the third period, with the Bruins up 3-0 in the game. Lauko and several other players battled for the puck along the boards as Lauko suddenly fell to the ice.
Bruins’ John Beecher pushed Blackhawks’ Jason Dickinson, and as he collided with the boards, he lost his balance, leading to his left skate lifting from the ice. His skate, unfortunately, made contact with Jakub Lauko’s face, who reacted immediately.
He threw his gloves, held his hands to his face, rushed off the ice, and went straight down the tunnel to the Bruins locker room, bloodied and with a towel over his face.
The Bruins’ players and fans feared the worst, as it looked close to his eye. Lauko didn’t return to the game, and fans held their breaths, waiting for an update about Lauko’s status. And luckily, when they provided one, it was positive.
Media confirmed late last night that Lauko didn’t sustain an injury to his eye. It would’ve been catastrophic if the skate had cut his eye, but it appears the cut was just around the eye and not on it.
”Jakub Lauko’s eye itself wasn’t damaged by the accident with Dickinson’s skate, Jim Montgomery says. It just got him in the corner,” Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times said on X.
Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery was later cited saying Lauko’s ”OK”.
“Lauko’s good, thankfully,” Montgomery said. “Scary, with the skate. He got it in the corner of the eye, but it’s good. Nothing touched the eye. … Stitched up. Not going to be looking good for a little while.”