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Islanders: Johnny Boychuk Needed 90 Stitches To Close His Eye

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders is injured during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Barclays Center on March 03, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders is injured during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Barclays Center on March 03, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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During the New York Islanders loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Johnny Boychuk suffered a freak injury as his eye was cut and needed 90 stitches to close.

Johnny Boychuk got extremely lucky on Tuesday night. When a skate blade came up high and hit Boychuk in the face during the Islanders 6-2 loss to the Canadiens, everyone feared the worst when Boychuk ran off covering his face.

It was hard to watch on the replay, and I don’t feel comfortable embedding the video in here. If you want to see it you can find plenty of videos and GIFs on Twitter.

We didn’t get an update after the game on Johnny, but we heard yesterday that it took 90 stitches to close up his eye. Obviously they have to go small but 90 seems like an insane number of stitches, big or small.

Lou Lamoriello stated that in the meantime, Noah Dobson will play and there is a good chance that Thomas Hickey gets called up on an emergency basis to be the seventh defenseman while we wait for Boychuk’s eye to reopen.

Lamoriello also gave an update on Casey Cizikas. He will likely need another week before skating so his timetable is approximately two weeks. The Islanders have been decimated by injuries but they’re not being used as an excuse.

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