Marc Staal doesn't wear a visor.
But he may want to reconsider after Tuesday night.
The rugged New York Rangers defenceman took a slap shot to the face during the third period of his team's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers
, leaving him bloody and writhing in pain.
With 14:15 to go in the final frame, Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen blasted a shot from the point which appeared to deflect off teammate Jakub Voracek's stick. The puck then nailed an unsuspecting Staal at the junction between his helmet and forehead, just above his right eye, as he was standing in front of the Rangers' net.
Staal, 26, was attended to by trainers and forced to leave the game. There was no immediate word on the status of the six-foot-four, 204-pound native of Thunder Bay, Ont.
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