Brooks Orpik skated to the bench late in the first period of the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win against the Islanders on Tuesday after teammate John Carlson’s skate opened up a gash on the defenseman’s right cheek.

Orpik left a trail of blood on the Nassau Coliseum ice, but returned in the second period after getting stitched up because he is a hockey player, and that’s what hockey players do.

“It was a lot of blood, obviously,” Orpik, who also had a beer thrown at him Tuesday, told reporters. “Carlson was kind of freaking out, too, yelling at me to get off the ice. It probably looked worse than it was just because of the amount of blood. It was just kind of an awkward play when I fell.”

It still looked pretty bad after the game, when Orpik addressed the media and stroked his bloody chin.

“Brooks is one of the toughest men I know, and when he went to the locker room as quickly as he did, I knew there was something up,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “But he came back, he got sewed up and stitched him up and he played fantastic tonight.”

Yeah, that’s pretty gross. This would make a good Twitter avatar for @BloodyBrooksOrpik, or @OrpiksCheek, or @OrpiksFleshWound. You can watch Orpik’s full interview here.