Steve Oleksy blocks puck with face

Late in the second period of Thursday night’s Caps playoff opener, blue-liner Steve Oleksy blocked a shot with his face. His cheek responded like a hunk of rubber that had been slammed with a mallet. Oleksy skated off, and then seemed to roll his eyes as he was checked out on the Caps bench. Meanwhile, his right chin/cheek area looked like it had been stuffed with a few acorns.

Oleksy was back out on the ice early in the third period.

For more on Oleksy’s crazy journey to the playoffs, check out Mike Wise’s column.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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Dan Steinberg · May 2, 2013