Let's flash back to Game One. Rarely do we see facial injuries suffered by goaltenders, but Craig Anderson sported a brand-new look after Game One thanks to a Rene Bourque shot that was stopped by his mask. Here's Anderson before and after. See if you can spot the difference.
In Game Two, Carey Price was injured in front of his own net when Ottawa's Guillaume Latendresse sent Montreal's Jarred Tinordi tumbling in front of price. What Price didn't see coming was Tinordi's skate. His skate caught Price square in the mask as seen here.
We move to Game Three, and the occurrance of teeth on the ice continued. Neither goaltender was involved Game Three's oral mishap, but the winning tradition continued. Jean-Gabriel Pageau took a nifty pass from Sergei Gonchar at the Caandiens' blue line, broke in on Price, scored his first NHL Playoff goal of his career, and ended up in the corner spitting teeth and blood out of his mouth. How did that happen? Let's go to the video!
You can see Pageau picking his teeth up from the PK Subban high-stick he took to the mouth. While Subban's defensive move was innocent enough, he still needs to be in control of his stick. You can see it slide up Pageau's stick and catch him square in the mush as Pageau gets the shot off that beats Price, and the corner that Ottawa chose to celebrate saw Pageau spit up blood and teeth in memory of his first NHL Playoff goal. I'm not sure if he wanted to remember it that way, but he now has a physical reminder nonetheless.
Everyone says hockey players are tough. Not one of the players who lost a tooth or teeth came out of the game for his respective team. That's how much the playoffs and the Stanley Cup mean to these guys.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!