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Picture: James Wisniewski’s Face Cut up After Getting Hit by Puck

Two weeks ago we shared with you the picture of Darryl Boyce’s nose after he got cut crashing into the glass. Now, we bring you a picture of Canadiens defenseman James Wisniewski who was hit in the face by a Taylor Hall shot on Thursday night. Here’s a video of Wisniewski getting hit, with a picture of the nasty cut below.

The Canadiens have already been hurt by injuries so losing Wisniewski would be a blow. There’s no word on the severity of the injury, the by the look of the picture below, his orbital bone could be broken:

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Mike Rupp Proves Hockey Players are Still the Best

We’ve already established that hockey players are the toughest athletes in sports, but now we’re learning that they’re also the most fan-friendly. SI Hot Clicks pointed my attention to the story of Penguins forward Mike Rupp, who hooked up a fan recently.

Rupp slammed into the boards during warmups before a game and knocked over a fan’s beer that was on the railing. The conscientious Rupp “felt terrible about it, so he asked the trainer to grab $10 out of Rupp’s wallet,” says Rupp’s agent Allan Walsh.

“He then wrote an apology on a puck, signed it and taped the $10 bill around it. He went over to the glass, got the guy’s attention and tossed the puck over to him.”

It would be awesome if we had a photo to confirm the story but we’ll take it. Besides, last time we heard about a sports figure handing an autograph to a fan we got this, so no doubt this was a step up.

Mike Rupp: the working man’s friend.

Tim Thomas Carey Price Goalie Fight Video is More or Less the Standard

Goalie fight!  It wasn’t exactly Rick DiPietro getting knocked out by Brent Johnson with one punch, but the fight between Tim Thomas and Carey Price wasn’t half bad.  Hey, a goalie fight is a goalie fight.  We all know they’re rare, so two in a one-week span is a special treat no matter how you look at it.  When a melee broke out between the rival Bruins and Canadiens on Wednesday night, the goalkeepers decided to give the fans a show.  Check out the Tim Thomas vs. Carey Price goalie fight video:

Obviously no big punches were landed and it should be noted that both Price and Thomas were seen smiling afterword, but we’ll take them any way they come.  Bravo, fellas.

Sean Avery Extends Support for Gay Hockey Players

If we were to tell you an NHL player spoke out in support of gay hockey players, I doubt the first name to come to mind would be Sean Avery. Avery is the guy who smacks goalies in the head with his stick and has unsportsmanlike conduct rules created on his behalf, not the guy who supports a group that is discriminated against.  Or is he?

On Thursday, Avery told the Toronto Sun that he is willing to support any player who is gay and worried about the consequences of coming out and openly revealing his sexual orientation.

“If there’s a kid in Canada or wherever, who is playing and really loves the game and wants to keep playing but he’s worried about coming out, I’d tell him to pick up the phone and call (NHLPA executive director) Donald Fehr and tell him to book me a (plane) ticket,” Avery said. “I’ll stand beside him in the dressing room while he tells his teammates he is gay. Maybe if Sean Avery is there, they would have less of a problem with it.”

Wait, what? Is this the same Sean Avery that referred to his ex-girlfriend as “sloppy seconds?”  I don’t know if I buy it.  If he’s serious, you have to commend Avery even if he is a major d-bag.  I’m sure there are plenty of gay players scattered about professional athletics, and one of the most significant challenges they face is having to keep their sexual preference a secret from their teammates.  Support from uber-heterosexual chauvinists like Avery would probably help influence others to support gay players.

In any event, congratulations to Sean Avery for opening his mouth and not saying something obnoxious.

Darryl Boyce Nose Picture Is Savage

Below is Maple Leafs center Darryl Boyce. He was going for a check against the Hurricanes Thursday night but missed and ran into the glass. The result was a nasty injury to his nose and eyes they call “facial lacerations.” I’d say so.

This is the censored version of the pic, but if you think you can handle the real thing, continue below.

The rookie center tweeted that pic after exiting the game. It’s pretty similar to this nasty MMA injury where a fighter had his ear torn off (see pics here and here).

Missed checks 1, stitches eight, time in training room 12 hours. Increasing your twitter followers by 2,000? Priceless.

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Rick DiPietro and Brent Johnson in Classic Goalie Fight

Goalie fights are so rare in hockey, we would be doing ourselves and the entire community at LBS a disservice if we did not share this video. The Penguins were beating the Islanders 3-0 late in the third period when the teams got into it. The goalies decided they didn’t want to be left out, so they chose to go. Brent Johnson skated across the ice to meet Rick DiPietro and absolutely decked him like he was one-punch Terry Conklin. Check the video:

This fight doesn’t come close to my favorite goalie fight — Patrick Roy vs. Mike Vernon — because it lacks in length. But it does prove to us that the versatile Rick DiPietro in fact sucks at two things.

Matt Duchene Too Much Vodka Video Shows Why He Lost Skater Competition

Matt Duchene, a center from the Colorado Avalanche who just turned 20 a couple weeks ago, couldn’t take home first place in the fastest skater competition on Saturday night. Had he not been hungover, he probably would have had a better shot at winning. No, I’m not making any type of assumption about his underage drinking habits. Have a look at the Matt Duchene vodka video and see for yourself:

Once he realized the mics had picked up on his hilarious comment, Duchene took to his Twitter account to try to clear the air. “Heard I was pretty candid tonight,” he wrote. “Had no clue it’d be live like that! Oh and btw, the vodka thing wasn’t a personal thing, it was a joke amongst our group! Don’t take it how I said it.”

Phew.  Thanks for clearing that up, Matt.  So to summarize, Duchene doesn’t drink and he wasn’t hungover.  He and his buddies just like to joke and pretend like they drank last night.  It’s an inside joke — we wouldn’t understand. Thanks to Barstool Boston for the video.