Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips reminded of eye injury after Staal incident

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips (ERROL MCGIHON/THE OTTAWA SUN/QMI AGENCY).

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips (ERROL MCGIHON/THE OTTAWA SUN/QMI AGENCY).

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Once was enough to make Chris Phillips see straight.

The Senators defenceman admitted Wednesday he had a hard time watching the replays of New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal accidentally taking a deflected puck near the eye Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Accidentally hit in the right eye by a puck off the stick of then-Edmonton Oilers defenceman Dan McGillis on Feb. 26, 1998, Phillips, 34, hasn't played a game without a visor since. That night proved to be the only wakeup call he needed.

A rookie at the time, Phillips took nine stitches behind his eye that night in Edmonton and was lucky the damage wasn't worse.

"Once was enough and that was a pretty good one," said Phillips, who had worn a visor in junior and took it off "because I could. I had made it to the NHL. In hindsight, I didn't need to do that."


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