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The photographer who got grazed by Francois Beauchemin’s clearing attempt tells her story

Russian Machine Never Breaks' Amanda Bowen tells the tale of getting hit by a puck during the Red Wings-Avalanche game:

I was in Detroit, Michigan over the weekend to work with Dan Mannes, multimedia producer for the Detroit Red Wings. Dan had me on photo duty for the night. My job was to send off shots in between periods for the team to use on social media. I knew it would be great experience in quick photo turnaround, especially for an NHL game.

I did not know I’d be involved in an unlikely incident.

I was at the side hole during the first period. This was my fifth time shooting an NHL game at a camera hole, and I’m still learning. One precaution I take is that when the play looks like it may hit the glass in front of me, I back off. Sometimes I’m able to switch cameras in time for the wide angle, but usually it’s too quick. So about half way through the first, I saw Francois Beauchemin coming up the side from the corner. I had my camera down (thankfully), because I was anticipating Darren Helm would bring him against the glass in front of me.

Then it hit me.

I leaned to the side after realizing I had taken a blow to the face but I couldn’t figure out how. I knew it was a puck by the way I could feel the shape of it swelling on my cheekbone.

Bowen continues, and if you missed it...

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