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During Game 2 of the San Jose Sharks’ opening round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, Sharks player Logan Couture blocked a shot on goal — but not without coming close to paying the ultimate price.
Halfway through the second period, Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin launched a shot towards the goal with Couture standing in the way.
Couture got in position to block the shot, but the puck hit him squarely in the groin area. He was down on the ice for a while, but returned to the game in the third period.
“I thought I lost my testicle,” he told reporters after the game.
Reporters asked if it was still there, to which he replied, “Luckily.”
The Sharks fell to the Golden Knights 5-3, and the series is now tied at 1-1.
The game was tied 3-3 going into the second period when a controversial goalie interference call on Couture changed the game.
Sharks forward Brent Burns appeared to score a goal, but officials waved off the goal because they ruled that Couture interfered with Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Golden Knights converted on the ensuing power play, and Sharks coach Peter DeBoer called the goalie interference call a “travesty.”
“That one call is a two-goal swing and devastating for our group,” he said. “It’s a shame.”
The Sharks and Golden Knights will face off in Game 3 on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
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