Video: Nate Thompson cut by visor-shattering shot

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The first period of Tampa Bay’s game against the Washington Capitals has been tough to watch for Lightning fans, but nothing topped an unlucky moment for Nate Thompson. This Mike Green power-play shot shattered his visor, leaving him with a cut above his right eye:

(If you want more gory details, SB Nation has them in bloody GIF form.)

Incredibly, word just surfaced that the 28-year-old forward will return to action during the second period, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

One cannot help but wonder how different things might have been if Thompson wasn’t wearing a visor.