Only five stitches to the nose laceration (they "glued" the rest) and, amazingly, it's not broken. He said it felt like his "nose was off." So I guess it felt (and looks) worse than it really is.
With his new look bearing a scar on the bridge of his nose and donning a full face shield, he's also acquired a new nickname from his teammates to match (and rightfully so): "Warrior."
“It shows that he’s a warrior and he’ll do anything to win,” Tyler Kennedy said. [another player on the team possessing TONS of grit and knows of what he speaks!]I am continually impressed with Staal and the steady progression in his level of play (and to this day feel that it was a good move to sign him just as I did the day it happened). He's big and is gradually learning to use his size to his advantage, but when I saw him skate back onto the ice with the rest of the Pens before the start of the third period last Monday night, I was truly impressed along with everyone else in that arena!
Keep proving those doubters wrong, Staalsy!!