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Leafs' Roman Polak stops puck with face

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Roman Polak showed his toughness after getting hit in the face by a shot from Washingotn Capitals forward Troy Brouwer during the first period Wednesday night. Polak returned in the second, where he got an assist on Toronto's second goal.

Toronto defenceman gets stitched up, returns

Toronto defenceman Roman Polak was struck by a Troy Brouwer shot, but despite a loss of blood and swelling in his face, he returned to the Leafs-Capitals game Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre. (Twitter)

There was a scary moment in the first period for Maple Leafs defenceman Roman Polak, who was cut by a shot unleashed by Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer. 

Polak, who doesn't wear a visor, was struck near the mouth while he battled at the side of the Leafs' net. He was cut on the play, leaving a pool of blood on the ice, and after a few moments was able to make his way to the dressing room.

He returned to play in the second period sporting stitches and a swollen face.

Shortly after he returned, Polak did much of the work setting up a goal by Trevor Smith that cut Toronto's deficit to 3-2.

Earlier this season Polak explained why he doesn't wear a visor.

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