Visor may have prevented injury

STEVE SIMMONS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Braydon Coburn walked out of the Mellon Arena last night looking as though he was auditioning for a horror film.

Only this wasn't makeup: His face a picture of stitches, bruised and bloodied, his status for the rest of the Eastern Conference final unknown.

Another sad and shining example of a hockey player who doesn't wear a visor.

And another major problem for the already trailing Philadelphia Flyers.

EYE SWOLLEN SHUT

Coburn, the budding star defenceman for the Flyers, had a puck deflected in the area of his left eye in the first period last night, and reportedly he needed more than stitches to close the mess of gashes that was his face.

Coburn told a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer that his left eye was swollen shut, and he will "keep ice on it and get the swelling down and see what happens tomorrow."

A puck shot by Hal Gill and deflected by Evgeni Malkin ended Coburn's night little more than four minutes into the game and the Flyers were forced to play without their top two defencemen, with Kimmo Timonen already out with a blood clot in his left ankle. "He has got a really bad gash in his forehead across his eye," said coach John Stevens, trying to explain what happened to Coburn. "Pretty swollen and we'll have to reevaulate him when we got home."

For the record, had Coburn been wearing a visor, there is a good chance he would not have been hurt at all.


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