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Hurricanes’ Justin Williams scores with face, then scores with stick

NBC Sports logo NBC Sports 2/22/2019 Sean Leahy

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Justin Williams #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 21, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) © Joel Auerbach SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Justin Williams #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 21, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Go to the net and good things will happen. Coaches tell players that all the time with the hope that good positioning will result in a goal. Justin Williams learned that the hard way Thursday night, joining a club that Connor Garland of the Arizona Coyotes entered earlier this season.

As the Carolina Hurricanes continue chasing one of the Eastern Conference’s wild card spots, they visited the Florida Panthers and opened the scoring in unusual fashion.

Just a few minutes into the first period, Brett Pesce sent a shot toward the Panthers’ net and it ended up deflecting off Williams’ face and past James Reimer into the Florida net. Williams, as you see, crumpled to the ice in a scary scene.

Williams would leave the game with blood dripping from his face and return only a few minutes. Later in the game the Hurricanes captain, with a nostril full of gauze, would use his stick to score and snap a 3-3 tie:

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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