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Bruins’ Johnson stays in game despite ‘startling’ Chara high stick

Boston Bruins v Anaheim Ducks

at Honda Center on January 7, 2014 in Anaheim, California.

Jeff Gross

Vision. It’s a rather important element to a goalie’s game.

Interesting, because Boston Bruins’ goalie Chad Johnson had a contact lens knocked out of his left eye - he also suffered a cut below the eye - when a Zdeno Chara high stick made its way through the puck stopper’s mask during the second period of Thursday’s game with the Dallas Stars.

That’s according to Joe Haggerty of, who reported that Johnson played the duration of the second period despite having his contact lens knocked out.

Johnson went on to make 32 saves and the Bruins came away with a 4-2 victory over the Stars following a wild third period that saw the two teams combine for five goals.

“I could feel the [stick] blade hit my cheek & then come up and clip my eyelid. My contact fell out. It kind of startles you,” said Johnson after the game.

(And for those keeping track on former Bruins forward Tyler Seguin and his much improved defensive play of late, he recorded two assists for the Stars in a losing cause.)

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