Leafs' Roman Polak stops puck with face
Toronto defenceman gets stitched up, returns
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.
Roman Polak in camp on why he doesn't wear a visor: "Maybe I just look tougher, I don't know. I just never wear it."—@SWhyno