DETROIT — Todd Bertuzzi feels very fortunate.
Late in the second period Bertuzzi caught a high stick right of Dallas’ Jamie Benn under his left eye and the rugged forward went straight to the locker room.
“I think I’m pretty fortunate,” Bertuzzi said after the game. “I still don’t know what the extent of it is. I’ll get it checked tomorrow but pretty lucky.
“The blade of the stick came straight into my eye, so obviously, being around and knowing people who’ve been injured, you kind of panic a little bit, you don’t know what’s going on,” Bertuzzi added. “It’s your livelihood. I was a little bit worried but our good doctors made sure I was fine before I went out.”
Bertuzzi said he’s never thought of wearing a visor.
“I know it’s probably stupid,” Bertuzzi said. “People will call me stupid for not wearing it. I played many years and it’s a tough adjustment to do. I know it’s a stupid comment to say.”
After two scaring incidents with his eye, Kris Draper finally forced himself to finish his career wearing a visor.
First, a stick glanced his eye that made Draper put on a visor. He later took it off and was hit with a puck on his right eye.
Long-time captain Steve Yzerman also suffered a scratched cornea and broken bone just below his left eye in 2004.
“Wearing a visor might be a good thing,” Babcock said. “I’d hate to see that happen to a guy because that could change your life forever. That’s part of the game, but a visor would fix that.”