Boyce's battered beak

Darryl Boyce and David Steckel follow the puck in mid air during first period NHL regular season...

Darryl Boyce and David Steckel follow the puck in mid air during first period NHL regular season game between Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals in Toronto, January 22, 2011. (Alex Urosevic/QMI AGENCY)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

Darryl Boyce already had one of the most prominent beaks in the NHL.

Then his face went nose-first into the photographer’s hole in the glass at the Air Canada Centre while missing a check during the Maple Leafs 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Now it’s worse. Much worse. In fact, it’s so bad, we decided not to run a photo of his nasal carnage. But if you do feel compelled to take a peek, go to http://yfrog.com/h4lvluj

But be prepared. It is gruesome.

It was Boyce who actually made fun of the injury on Friday. On his Twitter account, he wrote: “Reason for the third period absence ... that blue gauze is on my chest and u can see it through my nose.”

The link to the photo accompanied the text.

Coach Ron Wilson does not think Boyce, who scored his third career NHL goal in the game, will be able to suit up against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

“He’s got some severe facial cuts,” Wilson said. “But we’re expecting him to possibly play on Monday (against Atlanta).”

But Boyce, once again on his twitter account, indicated he had not ruled himself out of the Sabres game.

In the end, expect John Mitchell to9 replace Boyce in the lineup. Mitchell appears to have recovered from the knee injury that has kept him out of the lineup for a significant amount of time.


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