By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Via the entire developments of recent hockey tools, via the entire will increase in pace and dimension and energy of the gamers on the ice, via the ’70s and ’80s and ’90s and 2000s and 2010s, the one factor you nonetheless don’t see as a prevalent merchandise in an NHL area is a $2.50 mouth guard. It’s actually fairly unimaginable.
And Wednesday afternoon in Toronto, Bruins ahead Nick Ritchie grew to become the most recent instance of why gamers would seemingly profit from including that tiny piece of rubbery plastic to their fancy get-ups.
Ritchie tag-teamed a success with fellow winger Anders Bjork on the finish of the second interval towards the Lightning. Each Ritchie and Bjork delivered strong contact on McDonagh, to the purpose the place some Lightning gamers took offense. A minor brouhaha ensued.
In some unspecified time in the future in that scuffle, Ritchie realized that he wasn’t fairly himself. Or, he wasn’t all of himself.
Ritchie realized he had misplaced a tooth.
After eradicating his jersey, Ritchie tried to retrace his footsteps — a search occasion which was made tougher as a result of area lights being off. (Apparently, even with no followers within the constructing, the NHL nonetheless takes its sport presentation severely.)
However with Jaroslav Halak by his aspect, Ritchie’s search was profitable.
Nicely, this isn't one thing you see day by day.
Nick Ritchie was so decided to get his tooth again, he went out after the interval was over whereas the Zamboni was on the ice to seek out it. pic.twitter.com/Q4eOuwkaOV
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 5, 2020
Ritchie will little doubt put that tooth below his pillow on Wednesday evening, hoping towards hope that the Tooth Fairy may be capable of penetrate the drive discipline that surrounds the NHL’s protecting bubble in Toronto.