Sharks' Logan Couture shares gruesome photos after taking puck to the mouth
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Would you like to look at some absolutely gross photos of a gruesome hockey injury? Go ahead and keep reading — but don't say I didn't warn you.
San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture took a puck to the mouth during a game against the Nashville Predators in late March. The incident did some serious damage, knocking out several teeth and keeping him out of action for the stretch run of the regular season. And while the 28-year-old Couture didn't need to have his mouth wired shut, his lower teeth needed to be held in place by wires and his upper teeth by plastic bonding.
He said it that, at points, it hurt to even breathe.
Regardless, he played in all six of the Sharks' playoff games before they were eliminated by the Oilers, scoring twice and picking up an assist.
After wearing a full-facial protective cage in the first few games, he went back to his normal visor. Without protection on the lower half of his face, he got hit in the mouth a few additional times. He said at least one of his teeth shifted in the process.
But with his season officially over, Couture decided to give us all a glimpse at exactly how much of a disaster his mouth was in the aftermath of the incident. (Spoiler alert: It's pretty much a war zone. Take in the photos at your own peril.)
With the offseason comes repairs and recovery. Couture is set to undergo surgery to fix his mouth, and he may lose some more teeth in the process. Hopefully they get that all sorted out, for the sake of everyone.
Between Couture's mouth and Joe Thornton's knee, it's probably for the best that the Sharks were handed an early exit in this year's playoffs.