The New Jersey Devils lost out 6-2 against the Washington Capitals last night and for Devils winger Martin Havlat it was definitely a game to forget.
The Devils were already trailing 3-2 in the Verizon Center with just over three minutes of the second period left when Havlat suffered a gruesome facial injury that looks set to see him sidelined for a significant period of time.
Havlat was slammed face first into referee Darcy Burchell's elbow after being checked towards the end boards by Jason Chimera of the Capitals on Thursday night, and such was the severity of the injury that he didn't actually leave the arena over two hours after he actually suffered the bump and and an hour after the rest of his team had finished the game and left.
Gashes to the Face
Havlat suffered severe cuts to his nose and the area above his mouth, requiring a significant number of stitches and suggesting that the injury will keep him out of action for a longer period than hoped.
On the video you can actually see part of what looks like the 33-year old's lip cut all the way through and dangling down, dripping blood onto the ice. You can see it here.
It really is a horrible sight and not one you ever want to see out there on the rink. Let's hope Havlat recovers quicker than is anticipated.