Perlini is OK after taking skate in the face against Buffalo
It was a close call for Brendan Perlini.
The Red Wings forward barely escaped a serious injury when the skate of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju cut across his right cheek and nose and just missed his eye during Detroit’s 3-2 loss in Buffalo on Tuesday night.
“Super scary,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill told the Associated Press. “I think he was thankful. I was thankful. We were all scared when it first happened and first saw that it had gone near his eye."
The incident happened with 3:51 left in the first period along the boards in the neutral zone. Jokiharju collided with Perlini, who was playing the puck. As the two fell, Jokiharju's skate flew back and first knocked off Perlini's helmet before appearing to hit him across the right cheek.
Perlini lay face down for several moments before being helped up and heading directly into the locker room.
He has a deep gash on his right cheek and that side of his nose. It is not known if he’ll be able to play in New Jersey against the Devils on Thursday night.
Mantha makes impact in return
Anthony Mantha assisted on both Detroit goals (both by Darren Helm) on Tuesday in his first game since late December due to a punctured lung.
Mantha got off to a hot start this season, then missed eight games with a knee injury and got hurt again in his fourth game back. He played a little less than 20 minutes on Thursday.
For the season, Mantha has 12 goals and 26 points in 30 games. And he has a plan.
“Play great hockey for 20-something games,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “For me, maybe a goal would be a point-a-game until the end of the season. That’s personal. But getting a couple wins together for next year and things like that would be great.”
Mantha, 25, becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Marquette 4, Calumet 0: Liam Beerman made 28 saves in the shutout for the Redmen, fifth in Division 2, on Tuesday night at Marquette’s Lakeview Arena. Upper Peninsula rival Calumet is No. 1 in Division 3. Lucas Guertin and Jakob Peterson has a goal and two assists each for Marquette.
Howell 7, South Lyon Unified 4: Treven Pennala had three goals and an assist and Dominic Rossi two goals and two assists for Howell, ranked seventh in Division 1, at the Grand Oaks Ice Arena on Tuesday night. South Lyon Unified is No. 8 in Division 2.