PHOTO: Christian Ehrhoff’s ear sliced open by puck

  • Joe Ray

WARNING: The following photo may be graphic in nature.

Any number of phrases could be used to describe how rough the Buffalo Sabres season has been. The team has been plagued by a lack of scoring, watched their franchise goaltender and a fan favorite get traded to a Western Conference contender, and now a ridiculous run of injuries is depleting the roster of their minor-league team which is in the hunt for its own playoff berth.

Now, the Sabres suffered three more injuries in last night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel was elbowed in the head by Zac Rinaldo, who will have a phone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Later in the game, goaltender Nathan Lieuwen was run into by Philadelphia’s Jay Rosehill and was not feeling well enough to speak with the media after the game.

But perhaps the most gruesome injury of all happened to Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. A puck deflected upwards towards Ehrhoff’s ear and sliced it open pretty badly. Ehrhoff left the ice cupping the ear, and ended up receiving about 40 stitches to get everything patched back together.

And just because everyone likes photos of gruesome hockey injuries (see Mitch Callahan, also similarly graphic), Ehrhoff shared the experience of getting his ear pieced back together on Twitter for the world to see.

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