Blackhawks Goalie Takes Puck to the Mask, then Exits Game With Completely Different Injury

Published March 15, 2023 at 10:01

One day after taking a puck to the neck in practice, Petr Mrazek pulled himself from the incredibly dynamic Chicago/Boston game after suffering a groin injury in the second period.

While he was unable to finish the game, he was able to skate off on his own, and hobble down the tunnel. And, during the post-game interviews, Coach Richardson reported that this injury is not as severe as the last one, and there is a possibility the 31 year old can join the team some time during their upcoming 5-game road trip.

Though leaving the game was absolutely the right choice, so as not to injure himself further, it was unfortunate, as Mrazek had been playing extremely well, stopping 16/16 shots, and even taking a puck to the mask about a minute before he left.

Luckily, the Blackhawks had a healthy Alex Stalock on the bench, who was able to jump in, make 23 saves on 26 shots and help his bottom-dwelling team beat the top organization in the league, 6-3.

This marks Petr's 3rd groin injury of the season. The first two were both in 2022, in October, and then December. He also suffered two more, before joining the Blackhawks. One with Toronto in March of 2022, and one with Carolina, back in November of 2021.
Hopefully his familiarity with this particular injury will help him find the safest and most efficient healing process.

The Blackhawks start their road trip in Nashville on Thursday.
March 15   |   136 answers
Blackhawks Goalie Takes Puck to the Mask, then Exits Game With Completely Different Injury

Are Mrazek's injuries a liability?

Yes. We should trade him.3525.7 %
Yes. He should retire.4835.3 %
No. We have enough depth, let him play.2719.9 %
We beat Boston!2619.1 %
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