Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski takes puck to face, bleeds all over, then returns

NHL players are tough. Tough takes on a new meaning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Case in point: Zach Werenski. The Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman took a shot to the face from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel in the second period of Game 3 of their first-round series. Kessel’s shot rolled up Werenski’s stick and struck right below his eye.

With blood pouring on the ice, Werenski tried to get to the bench. But things got worse: the Penguins, essentially playing with a man advantage, tied up the game at 3-3 on a Bryan Rust tally. The officials did not blow the whistle because the Penguins continued to possess the puck.