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Sharks’ Adam Burish suffers ghastly hand injury blocking shot (video/photo)

While the gloves that hockey players wear afford them some semblance of padding, if a puck happens to strike their hands just right, an unbelievable and gruesome amount of damage can be inflicted. Just ask San Jose Sharks forward Adam Burish. But if you were talking to him face to face, you may not want to look at his hand.

With 5:58 remaining in the second period of the Sharks’ tilt with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, Burish, while trying to block a shot, was on the receiving end of a blast from Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry that caught him on his left hand.

Burish was in obvious pain and discomfort and immediately left the ice. He did not return to the game.

It’s not for the squeamish, but clicking through on this disturbing image depicting the gruesome aftermath of what the puck did to Burish’s hand explains why he didn’t manage to make it back on the ice. Again, it’s not for the squeamish…

Yeah, fingers are not supposed to bend that way. Yowsers.

At the time of this post, there has been no word on Burish’s availability in the near future, but it stands to reason he won’t be playing in at least the next few games.

[H/T Pro Hockey Talk, image via @brodiebrazil]