Blackhawk takes puck to throat, can't talk, will still play Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson took a puck to the throat on Sunday but he plans to dress for the playoff game on Tuesday. Niklas Hjalmarsson lays on the ice after being hit by the puck in Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild. Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images North America May 6, 2014 at 3:34p ET It's common knowledge that professional hockey players are tough, but sometimes it borders on crazy. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson took a puck to the throat in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Wild when he blocked a puck coming off a Wild snapshot. You can see the play here: The hit was bad enough that Hjalmarsson hasn't been cleared to speak yet, but that's not stopping him from playing in Game 3, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to NHL.com, Hjalmarsson wore a throat guard while participating in Tuesday's morning skate. And he's got the backing of his coach and team. Coach Joel Quenneville said that not speaking won't be too much of a problem. STANLEY CUP CHASE ● PLAYOFF CENTRAL: Dates, times, TV for every game ● VIDEO: Catch all the playoff highlights ● MATCHUPS: Check out the Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket Teammate Johnny Oduya pointed out the real reason Hjalmarsson won't be missing a beat, and what we've all been thinking: "He's a tough character. He's a Swedish Viking. He's one of a kind, obviously. It's good for morale. We know he's always out there doing his job." The Blackhawks lead the series against the Wild 2-0.