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Videos- Marc-Edouard Vlasic And Brian Elliott Survive Hard Shots To The Head

via Eric Gilmore at NHL.com,

With the Predators on the power play, Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, whose shot has been clocked at more than 108 mph, took a slap shot from the point; Vlasic blocked it with his visor and cheek.

"I think it dented my visor and hit my cheek," Vlasic said. "I'm OK."

Vlasic was stunned for a moment and dropped to the ice. But he skated off under his own power, missed one shift and returned to the ice.

Vlasic said he had no time to react to Weber's shot.

"Oh, no," he said. "108 mph, I guess you don't see it. But that's part of blocking shots, isn't it."

When it's a Weber shot, what you can't see can hurt you.

via Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If you need an example of the resilience of the Blues and their goalie this postseason, it occurred with 15 minutes, 16 seconds to play in the third period when Stars center Jason Spezza broke a part of Elliott’s mask with a powerful slap shot from 53 feet out.

A split second after the shot sent debris into Elliott’s right eye, he fell backward.

While trainer Ray Barile helped remove the debris from his eye, assistant equipment manager Joel Farnsworth took the replica Curtis Joseph mask to repair it.

“It just hit my mask, kind of broke the cage and surprised the heck out of me,” Elliott said. “Joel was big on the changeover for me. I just felt something go in there (in the eye). I don’t know if it was a paint chip, but that’s what Ray said.”

Watch both plays below...

 

 

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Hank1974's avatar

If Vlasic isn’t wearing a visor, his eye-ball is being scraped off the ice between whistles.

It makes me wonder if the game could be safer with wooden sticks.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/02/16 at 08:35 AM ET

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