Noel Acciari Has First Regular Season Two-Point Game Two Days After Taking Puck To Mouth And Losing Two Teeth
During the Bruins' 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, center Noel Acciari left the game in the third period after taking a puck to the mouth and losing two teeth in the process.
The 27-year-old underwent dental work the next morning.
“Noel had extensive dental work done this morning, so that will be determined by the dentist and how much time he needs off, and comfort level with the pain, obviously,” coach Bruce Cassidy said on Wednesday, addressing Acciari's playing status for Thursday. “I don’t believe there’s anything wrong long-term with the jaw being broken or anything. But there are some teeth that are all over the place, so we’ll see how he is in the morning.”
Acciari was questionable for Thursday night's tilt against the first-place Lightning, but did indeed show up to play, sporting a full face protector attached to his helmet.
The former Providence Friar then went on to have one of the best games of his NHL career. Acciari recorded a goal and an assist for his first ever regular season two-point game in 163 opportunities (had one in the playoffs last year). He also recorded four shots, coming one short of a career-high which he set on December 29. Last night was also just Acciari's fourth NHL game with at least four shots.
The first of the Bruins' three-goal onslaught in a 1:28 span more than halfway through the third was scored by Acciari, who put home the rebound on linemate Chris Wagner's sixth assist:
Acciari then notched his fifth helper of the season on the next goal scored by Patrice Bergeron.
For Acciari, there was never a doubt he'd be out there on Thursday night:
That's what hockey's all about. Gotta love it!