Saturday, April 24, 2010

Belanger loses 6 teeth !

Capitals' Belanger loses a handful of teeth, returns to the ice
Published On Sat Apr 24 2010



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