December 8, 2023


“Stitched up. Not going to be trying good for a short time.”

Jakub Lauko took a skate blade to the face throughout Tuesday’s win over Chicago. Michael Reaves/Getty Pictures

The Bruins left United Heart with one other two factors secured within the standings on Tuesday evening.

However extra importantly, Bruins winger Jakub Lauko left Chicago with just a few stitches after a scary sequence throughout Boston’s 3-0 win over the Blackhawks.

The Bruins’ sixth-straight win to open the 2023-24 marketing campaign was initially marred by Lauko’s damage, with the 23-year-old ahead exiting the sport within the last interval after taking a skate blade to the face.

Whereas knocked over alongside the boards, Lauko was struck close to his left eye by the skate blade of Chicago ahead Jason Dickinson. The inadvertent slash instantly drew blood, with Lauko shortly making his option to the Bruins’ bench and down the tunnel with a towel positioned over his face.

Regardless of the optics of Lauko’s damage and the way shut Dickinson’s skate got here to his eye, Jim Montgomery had excellent news to report after the sport.

“Lauko’s good, fortunately,” Montgomery famous. “Scary, with the skate. He bought it within the nook of the attention, nevertheless it’s good. Nothing touched the attention. … Stitched up. Not going to be trying good for a short time.”

Contemplating how devastating that damage may have been, each Lauko and the Bruins will settle for a number of stitches across the eye.

One other spectacular objective from rookie Matthew Poitras and a 23-save shutout from Jeremy Swayman highlighted Boston’s sixth win in a row — equaling the franchise’s finest begin in franchise historical past (6-0-0, 1937).

However Lauko and a fourth-line unit that includes Johnny Beecher and Patrick Brown additionally titled the ice in Boston’s favor throughout Tuesday’s win in Chicago.

Regardless of logging zero offensive-zone faceoffs throughout their 6:55 of 5v5 ice time collectively, the Bruins nonetheless held an 8-1 edge in photographs on objective at any time when the Lauko-Beecher-Brown grouping was out on the ice.