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NHL photographer bloodied after puck sneaks through hole in glass

The freelance photographer who worked the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals at First Niagara Center on Monday night was left bloodied by a puck that somehow sneaked through the small hole in the glass used to take unobscured pics of game action.

Taking a page from the players he was covering, though, the photog sucked it up, soldiered on and completed his assignment.

Footage shared on social media by the Capitals show how Jeffrey Barnes, a Buffalo-based photographer (as identified by The Big Lead), took a puck to the mouth area during the first period. Holding a towel to his bloodied face, Barnes was ultimately attended to by medical staff.

How Barnes displayed NHL-level resolve and proved no worse for wear given his commitment to his job presumably afforded him much respect from the players whose on-ice play continued to be chronicled by the tough-guy photographer.

It merits noting that this isn’t the first time a puck has inexplicably sneaked through the photographer hole in the glass. It nevertheless defies the odds whenever it does occur, however.