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Devils’ Havlat day-to-day with severe facial lacerations

Martin Havlat, Dainius Zubrus

Martin Havlat, Dainius Zubrus


New Jersey winger Martin Havlat is listed as day-to-day following what Peter DeBoer called “a pretty messy injury” on Thursday in Washington.

The gory details, per

Havlat was eventually escorted by a Devils team official and the facial damage was extensive. Havlat was badly cut across the bridge of his nose, which likely is broken.

But the more worrisome cut was a long, deep gash below his nose that evidently went completely through the skin. It appeared that Havlat’s visor may have caused the worst of the injury by slicing into his face just below his nose.

The injury occurred when Havlat was pushed by Caps forward Jason Chimera, and collided with a combination of both referee Darcy Burchell and the end boards.

The result was not pretty:

On Friday, a Devils spokesman provided some good news, saying that Havlat didn’t suffer any structural damage on the play.

New Jersey hosts Havlat’s told team, the San Jose Sharks, on Saturday night, then has two more home dates next week against the Rangers (on Tuesday) and Stars (on Friday). One would think that Havlat, who has three points through four games this season, would be highly unlikely for tomorrow’s game given he didn’t practice today.