So, there was Ryan Malone on Wednesday, the usual smile on his face as he skated with Tampa Bay Lightning teammates at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. But Malone also sported five black stitches in his right eyebrow and a can't-miss-it shiner under his eye.
"At least it didn't hit my eye," Malone said of being struck Monday by an inadvertent high stick from Marty St. Louis.
Malone does not wear a visor, and even an injury so close to his eye did not change his mind. As Malone said, the stick could have just as easily deflected off the bottom of the visor and into his eye.
St. Louis and Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier have put on visors in recent seasons after facial injuries. But Malone was adamant.
"It's not something I worry about," he said.