NHL playoff hockey is synonymous with sacrifice. Players are expected to do whatever it takes to help their team. And Sharks forward Logan Couture did just that Friday against the Golden Knights when he went low to block a shot and the puck hit him in a ... very sensitive area.
The play came with 11:48 remaining in the second period. With Vegas ahead 4-3, Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin fired a shot on goal. Couture went low to block the shot, and fortunately for Couture, was not seriously injured. He left the game but returned for the start of the third period. Vegas won 5-3 to tie the Western Conference first-round series at 1-1.
"I thought I lost my testicle," Couture told reporters after the game.