Friends don’t let friends leave their teeth on the ice.
So Vancouver Canucks defenseman Michael Del Zotto did what needed to be done Saturday night in Toronto, picking up several of fellow defenseman Chris Tanev‘s chicklets off the ice after the latter got drilled in the mouth by a deflected puck.
It’s bad luck for Tanev, who only return to the lineup on Saturday after missing three weeks with a groin strain.
The video below shows the carnage, as point shot seems to take a deflection off the stick of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner‘s stick and up into Tanev’s grill.
Tanev, understandably, had to leave the game for repairs.
Mouth guards can only do so much, and it looks like Tanev will have a date with the dentist’s chair sometime in the future.