Belanger loses half-dozen teeth on hit

Updated: April 25, 2010, 2:05 AM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Capitals center Eric Belanger really is putting his -- well, his employer's -- money where his mouth is after losing a half-dozen or so teeth in a run-in with an opponent's stick.

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AP Photo/Nick Wass"I knew I was in trouble, but what are you going to do? It's the playoffs," Eric Belanger said Saturday of his injuries.

Belanger says Saturday he "felt my teeth shatter, right away," when Canadiens defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron's stick hit him in the mouth in the first period of Montreal's 2-1 victory at Washington in Game 5 of their playoff series Friday night.

Belanger needed some serious dental work at the arena, getting exposed tooth roots trimmed -- then returned to the ice midway through the third period.

Explains Belanger: "I knew I was in trouble, but what are you going to do? It's the playoffs."

He expects to play in Game 6 at Montreal on Monday.


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