A very scary situation occurred during the Islanders-Canadiens matchup on Tuesday night when Johnny Boychuk caught the skate of Artturi Lehkonen near his eye.
Islanders team president and GM Lou Lamoriello says Boychuk will be fine after a plastic surgeon quickly stitched up his eyelid.
"Johnny Boychuk is OK," Lamoriello told reporters on Wednesday. "There's been no damage to his eye. He had quite a night. First of all, you don't know what happens. He felt the skate blade get his eye, but fortunately just got the eyelid and it took 90 stitches to fix."
Boychuk immediately put his hand on his eye and skated quickly off the ice to get treated. Here's what happened:
Here's the incident between Artturi Lehkonen and Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk rushed off the ice in a panic. pic.twitter.com/35Ab12TB1V- Eric Engels (@EricEngels) March 4, 2020
Lamoriello said "he'll be fine" and it's "just a matter of time with the eye opening up" before Boychuk can get back no the ice.
Boychuk thanked everyone for the well wishes on Twitter, and even added a little joke toward the end...
Thank you to everyone for the positive messages and thoughts! I am extremely grateful. Please know they did not go unheard. Luckily for me the skate only cut my eyelid. Sorry for the late response...facial recognition wasn't working... thank you again my friends. Johnny B- Johnny Boychuk (@joboych) March 4, 2020
An update was also given on Casey Cizikas, who had a skate mishap of his own. He suffered a laceration from one and has been out since the beginning of February.
"Casey is coming along as quickly as he can. He's walking and doing all the things he should be doing," Lamoriello said.
Cizikas got a three-to-four week timeline after getting cut, and he seems on schedule with that as he will begin skating next week. However, he'll still be a few weeks away from getting into games.