Rangers’ Ryan Carpenter shares bloody head skate photo

Hockey is a dangerous game, but sometimes you’re surprised that certain injuries don’t happen more often, like getting cut by a skate blade. New York Rangers forward Ryan Carpenter couldn’t avoid this frightening problem this week.

On Friday night, Carpenter collided along the boards with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dylan DeMelo after chasing the puck, and after the seemingly normal impact, Carpenter headed straight for the bench holding the side from his head.

Few onlookers really knew he suffered two major cuts to the side of his head, one to his outer ear – which appeared to remove a chunk – and the other behind his ear. After being treated on the bench, he headed straight onto the ice and into the locker room, clutching a bandage to the side of his head as blood began to appear.

Thankfully, Carpenter appears to be fine after stitching up the gash. He then took to Instagram to share photos of his bloody wound.

Clearly – after taking a skate blade to the side of his head – Carpenter didn’t return to action on Friday night, but the Rangers persisted against a player and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Jets in their third game of the season. They’ve stayed perfect so far, earning all six points at their disposal and looking more and more dangerous with each passing game.

Carpenter, 31, signed a one-year contract with Rangers this summer, making the Blueshirts the fifth organization he has been part of in his career. He has one assist in three games this season.

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