The Ottawa Senators forward had to leave the game in the first period after taking a shot to the ear from teammate Erik Karlsson Thursday night. Dzingel was not on the bench to start the second period, but he did return to the game. We didn’t get an update on his status until after the game — and what we got sounded rather painful.
Turns out Dzingel needed to have his ear “reconstructed.”
It was reported that Dzingel also had to, unsurprisingly, go through the league’s concussion protocol, which he passed.
Winnik had a similar incident earlier this season when he took a shot to the ear when he dropped to make a block. He “lost a piece of his ear” on that play, but didn’t have a reconstruction.
You can see video of Dzingel taking the shot to the ear at the top of this post.