New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson left the ice late in the second period Thursday night with a bloody face.
But he came back in the third period and scored a power-play goal.
Nelson was skating with the puck along the boards when he was accidentally tripped by New Jersey’s Nathan Bastian and fell face-first into Devils defenseman P.K. Subban’s knee.
It appeared that Nelson had been cut above the eye by his own visor. Subban put his arm around the Islanders forward as he left the ice with 45 seconds left in the period.
“My skate got caught somehow and I was going down and just went down into him awkwardly,” Nelson told reporters. “I thought it was just kind of a weird collision. It just kind of jarred my neck a bit.
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“A second later, all of a sudden, I saw the blood coming out. I don’t know if it was visor or knee, but yeah, part of the game.”
Nelson got stitched up during the intermission and returned for the third period.
The Islanders got a power play at 3:44 when the Devils had too many men on the ice.