Blackhawks fan suffers ‘deep cuts’ after being struck in face by puck (photo)

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A Chicago Blackhawks fan required surgery after she suffered “deep cuts on her head” after she was struck in the face by a deflected puck that flew over the glass and into the stands at United Center during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

The woman, Dr. Patricia Higgins, was attending the game with her 26-year-old daughter when the puck hit her just before the end of regulation. She was taken by ambulance to the Rush University Medical Center where she was treated.

“She suffered deep cuts on her head, which was not just sewn up. They called in a plastic surgeon,” the woman’s mother said.

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Good lord. The woman is resting at home but is still in a lot of pain. The mother said that the family is huge Blackhawks fans, even buying season tickets over the years. “They are the hugest Blackhawks fans … through the thick and thin,” she said.

Through thick and thin, indeed. Yikes.

And to add insult to injury, with her trip to the hospital at the end of regulation, the woman wasn’t even at the arena when the Blackhawks won in triple overtime. Ouch. Okay, not as much of an “ouch” as getting drilled in the face with a puck, but an “ouch” nonetheless.

[Chicago Tribune, Photo credit: Steve Dahl]

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