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Bruins’ Johnson stays in game despite ‘startling’ Chara high stick

Jan 17, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

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Vision. It’s a rather important element to a goalie’s game.

Interesting, because Boston Bruins’ goalie Chad Johnson had a contact lens knocked out of his left eye – he also suffered a cut below the eye – when a Zdeno Chara high stick made its way through the puck stopper’s mask during the second period of Thursday’s game with the Dallas Stars.

That’s according to Joe Haggerty of, who reported that Johnson played the duration of the second period despite having his contact lens knocked out.

Johnson went on to make 32 saves and the Bruins came away with a 4-2 victory over the Stars following a wild third period that saw the two teams combine for five goals.

“I could feel the [stick] blade hit my cheek & then come up and clip my eyelid. My contact fell out. It kind of startles you,” said Johnson after the game.

(And for those keeping track on former Bruins forward Tyler Seguin and his much improved defensive play of late, he recorded two assists for the Stars in a losing cause.)

  1. charlieconway96 - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    “Startles” is a far less accurate and even less profane word than I would probably use to describe the feeling of Chara’s blade knocking out a contact lens.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Yeah, I’m thinking “oh what fresh hell is this?” Or… “What the f***?!

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I would be thinking, ‘what kind of jobs can I do with one eye’.

    • chicagobtech - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Become the new Dread Pirate Roberts?

  3. bildomatic - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Would love to hear Charastein’s take on this…

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Look he feels bad about it, he can’t even enjoy the amusement park…

  4. ironmd778 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    LMAO!! man is that a funny picture.

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