Steve Oleksy Gives Update on His Face

Posted May 4, 2013

Here’s Steve Oleksy after taking a puck to the face during Game 1, via DC Sports Bog.

Steve Oleksy’s face just can’t catch a break. After blocking a shot with his right cheek  in Game 1, the Rangers’ Derek Dorsett caught him with a high stick in Game 2.

“It was feeling a little rough this morning but it feels good now, a little swollen, but nothing major,” Oleksy said.

But getting hit in the face, in one way or another, is seemingly routine for Oleksy. On Saturday, he had much bigger worries in overtime, when he was caught sending the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty.

“Any time you’re sitting in the box after that… it’s a helpless feeling. To get that kill is huge and to build off that and get the momentum for the rest of overtime. Credit to our PK for killing it off,” Oleksy said. “It was great (watching Eric Fehr), and not just Eric – that’s a huge block – but everybody coming together as a unit or four – and to come up with that kill for two minutes is awesome, it’s a great feeling.”

With both the Capitals and Rangers getting puck-over-the-glass penalties in overtime, and Karl Alzner escaping a close call, the rule became a topic of discussion after the game.

“It’s a rule,” Rangers Coach John Tortorella said.

Oleksy says the puck-over-the-glass penalty is one of those things that players are highly aware of and never do with intent, but it happens anyway, even at the worst of times.”That’s how the game goes. It’s one of those calls, it’s tough… It’s one of those things that will happen throughout the course of a game, it’s gonna happen in hockey, and we were lucky to get a power play.”

For more on Oleksy, read Mike Wise’s column.