Islanders: Johnny Boychuk Needed 90 Stitches To Close His Eye
By Matt O'Leary
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.
Isles Tweet of the Day
Editorials: It’s time to be concerned about Greiss
For the second time in three starts, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz had to pull Thomas Greiss from the game in order to spark his team.
Want your voice heard? Join the Eyes On Isles team!
Editorials: Salary cap increases reduced pressure on Islanders
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daily indicated that the cap could be going up nearly $6.7 million in 2020-21, much to the relief of the New York Islanders impending cap crunch.