This season hasn’t been an easy one for Zach Parise.
The Minnesota Wild forward missed time earlier in the season with a concussion. Things got even worse when his father passed away earlier this month. And on Wednesday, he suffered what had to have been another pretty painful injury.
Parise was in the wrong place at the wrong time against the Edmonton Oilers when Wild defenseman Ryan Suter tried to clear the puck out of the zone. The puck rode up on Parise along the boards and hit the forward right in the face.
Parise was a little stunned at first and stayed down on the ice for a few moments. Part of the reason for that was to search for at least one missing tooth as blood poured from his mouth.
Eventually, he found the tooth.
It probably goes without saying that Parise eventually returned to the game after getting some repairs.