Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman ended up with four stitches under his left eye but no major reported damage after his visor shattered while trying to make a check in Sweden's 8-1 win over Italy at the world championship Friday in Cologne, Germany.
When Hedman tried to poke check the puck from Italian forward Michele Marchetti at mid ice with about 10 minutes left in the game, he missed, and Marchetti's right shoulder slammed into his visor. The visor split in half, opening a cut under the eye.
Hedman left the ice for stitches.
Hedman, a Norris Trophy finalist, told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that this was the second time this year his visor had broken and the first time left him with a scar under his right eye. As a doctor stitched the left one, Hedman jokingly told him to make it nice, the newspaper said.