PITTSBURGH (AP) NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Engblom needed stitches after taking a puck to his forehead late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby tipped Brenden Dillon's outlet pass over the glass with 1:42 left in the period. The puck deflected right at Engblom, who was broadcasting from the ice-level area between the teams' benches at CONSOL Energy Center.
A Penguins trainer quickly examined Engblom, a former NHL player, and put a towel up to his head before taking him to the locker room for stitches. The 60-year-old Engblom returned to his analyst duties for the third period - sporting a big gash across his forehead.
''I felt bad,'' a smiling Crosby said during a postgame interview with Engblom. ''You were back out there pretty quick. I give you credit for getting back out here.''