Rob Scuderi had quite a night in Tampa. His attempted shot from the blue line resulted in a broken stick and a 2-on-1 break for the Lightning’s only goal. Then, less than three minutes later, Scuderi made a brilliant long pass to Kyle Clifford, who scored on a breakaway from the Kings’ go-ahead goal. But it had already been a notable night for Scuderi. During pregame warmups, he required medical attention after he was hit in the head by a puck.
As noted last month, almost all of the Kings have been going without helmets in warmups, and that didn’t change even after Edmonton’s Taylor Hall suffered a serious cut on his head. Last night, a puck popped in the air and actually hit Scuderi on the top of the head. He came out for the start of the game, as normal.
SCUDERI: “It happens. A lot of us don’t wear helmets in the warmup. Just an accident. It bonked me on the head, but I’ll be fine. … Couple staples in the head, and no worse for wear.’’
Question: What’s it like to get staples in your head?
SCUDERI: “Not as bad as you’d think it sounds. It’s actually pretty quick. It’s better than stitches. It might hurt for a little bit, but you don’t have to go through Novacain and you don’t have to sit there for 10, 15 minutes.’’