Referee Takes Puck to the Face in Red Wings-Bruins Game, Continues to Officiate

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Everyone who takes the ice during an NHL game is tough. There's no doubt about it.

Players have routinely proven that they can play through injuries, and Saturday's Game 5 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins gave a referee the opportunity to show how tough he is.

Referee Steve Kozari took a puck to the face early in the third period of the game. Bruins trainers checked him out, and he briefly left the ice. After the other officials called for a timeout, Kozari was ready to continue officiating.

Update: Wednesday, April 30 at 12:05 a.m. ET

Kozari sported a pretty wicked black eye during Game 6 between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night:

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--End of Update--

The situation could have been much worse, but it looks like he was able to shake it off.

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