Sharks’ Vlasic injured after taking slap shot to face


Scary moment late in the third period of the San Jose Sharks’ 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night when defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit in the face by a Shayne Gostisbehere slap shot, resulting in a nasty cut that left a pool of blood on the ice.

In happened with just under 30 seconds to play in the game when Vlasic, positioned in front of the net, was hit high by the shot and immediately dropped to the ice. Every player on the ice at that time immediately stopped playing and signaled to the Sharks bench for the trainers.

You can see the entire play in the video above.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer had no immediate update on Vlasic’s status after the game.

“I don’t know yet for sure,” said DeBoer, via CSN’s Kevin Kurz. “It looks, as bad as it looked and as bad as it probably is I have got my fingers crossed. The initial reports are that I don’t believe it’s that serious, so that’s good.”

DeBoer also said that he doubts that Vlasic will travel with the team to Los Angeles for Saturday’s game against the Kings.

Vlasic has appeared in 35 games for the Sharks this season with three goals and six assists. He assisted on the Sharks’ first goal on Friday, helping to set up Patrick Marleau‘s power play goal late in the first period.

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