Sergey Bobrovsky is Florida’s biggest asset in the NHL Finals, where the team has reached only the second time in history. The Panthers have the help of the goalkeeper throughout the series – fortunately, the Russian hockey player is not prone to injuries, so there should be no problems with his participation.
However, in a contact sport like hockey, not everything depends on the health of the goalie himself. A player can get injured in the NHL… without even going out on the ice. This is exactly what happened to Bobrovsky recently, at the end of last season.
Sergei’s face broke into blood right on the bench.
In the spring of last year, the coach of “Florida” decided to download the “first number” of the team. After the safe victory of the “Panthers” over the “Philadelphia” (6: 3), Bobrovsky moved to the reserve for a while, and the 20-year-old American goalkeeper Spencer Knight got a chance to prove himself. he. On March 14, the young athlete would play on the road against Los Angeles.
In general, Knight justified the confidence of the coach. In the first period, the American performed reliably, conceding just one Kings puck. A minute after halftime, Florida tied the score and advanced, but then the unexpected happened: Los Angeles forward Quinton Byfield suddenly… attacked the team’s goaltender. And not at all the one on the ice.
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It is true that the Kings forward did it by accident. The hockey player made a normal shot, but the puck unsuccessfully bounced off the Florida bench and hit Bobrovsky in the face. At that moment, Sergei showed miracles of reaction, he managed to cover his face with his hands, but even strong goalkeeper gloves could not save him from injury.
out for two weeks
The blow turned out to be very powerful and overcame the “protection”, breaking the nose of the Russian in blood. The hockey player even required medical attention: pressing a towel to his face, he immediately went into the room under the stands, accompanied by staff.
The meeting did not end well for Florida itself. The team took the lead in the second period, but then allowed the opponents to tie: the winner had to be determined on penalties. This time Knight could not help the Panthers – the Kings defeated the guests with a score of 3:2.
Bobrovsky, fortunately, quickly recovered from the injury, but the coach did not urgently return him to the base. Sergey spent almost two more weeks as a spare, after which he returned to the work of the “first issue”. The regular season ended successfully for the Russian: he set a personal record for the winning percentage, and his team won the President’s Cup, receiving a ticket to the playoffs from the first place in the table.