There was a scary moment for Daniel Winnik in the Caps' 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
With the Caps clinging to a one-goal lead in the third period, Winnik went for the shot block but mistimed his dive. As his momentum carried his body, the shot ended up hitting him in the side of the head as he turned to try and protect his face.
Winnik stayed down for several seconds but was able to skate off under his own power. He even returned to the ice several minutes later and finished the game.
Following the game, head coach Barry Trotz provided an update.
"Trainers looked at him, he was just fine, he's missing a piece of his ear."
Trotz followed that by saying, "It's just a small piece."
Oh, well that's no big deal then. You can see Trotz's full comments in the video above.
There are moments in hockey that always make you realize how tough these guys are. Losing a part of your ear after taking a puck to the head? Yeah, that qualifies.