Capitals' Belanger loses a handful of teeth, returns to the ice
Washington Capitals center Eric Belanger (18) is tended to on the bench after being injured during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens, Friday, April 23, 2010, in Washington.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON—Capitals centre Eric Belanger really is putting his — well, his employer's — money where his mouth is after losing a half-dozen or so teeth in a run-in with an opponent's stick.
Belanger says Saturday he "felt my teeth shatter, right away," when Canadiens defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron's stick hit him in the mouth in the first period of Montreal's 2-1 victory at Washington in Game 5 of their playoff series Friday night.
Belanger needed some serious dental work at the arena, getting exposed tooth roots trimmed — then returned to the ice midway through the third period.
Explains Belanger: "I knew I was in trouble, but what are you going to do? It's the playoffs."
He expects to play in Game 6 at Montreal on Monday