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Martin St. Louis Takes Stick To The Face, Has Double Root Canal

It was a rough first game of the NHL playoffs for the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they lost 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, with all three goals coming in the third period. But apparently, that wasn't enough for the Penguins; they had to add injury to insult, smarting the Lightning with hard hits all night including this one to Steven Stamkos. And then in the second period, Martin St. Louis took a high stick to the face and played through the rest of the game.

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Considering that St. Louis played through the game and hockey players routinely take hard hits, I had pushed the incident from my mind until I saw this Tweet from St. Pete Times reporter Damian Cristodero:

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With only a fat lip as evidence of a stick in the mouth and a double root canal, Marty St. Louis is on ice for practice in Pittsburgh.

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What? A double root canal? Oh, but no biggie, St. Louis still expects to play tomorrow night. The man is insane, but in a way that makes it impossible not to love the guy. That, my friends, is a hockey player.

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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.