Travis Moen’s courage is pretty much beyond dispute, missing just one game after suffering a gruesome injury Monday when his face was accidentally slashed by the skate of Ottawa’s Matt Cullen.
But here’s a little more detail on the injury:
Dr. David Mulder, the Canadiens’ chief surgeon, didn’t bother to count the sutures required to sew Moen back up, but three layers of stitching was required for a cut that literally was to the bone. Mulder had to repair muscle and subcutaneous tissue and three separate skin lacerations, finally putting an estimated 40 to 60 stitches into Moen’s forehead, eyelid and upper cheek.
Moen said Thursday, before a terrific game against Florida for which he inexplicably wasn’t named one of the three stars, that he was on the Bell Centre’s clinic table for about 40 minutes to undergo repair. The above explains why.