Alex Tanguay suffers facial fracture blocking Alex Ovechkin's shot
Colorado Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay (40) exits the ice after being injured during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Pepsi Center on Nov 20, 2014 in Denver, CO, USA. (Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)
It was certainly not the birthday gift an NHL player would like to receive.
Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said Alex Tanguay, who turned 35 on Friday, will miss the team's next game and is considered day-to-day after trying to block a shot.
Off a faceoff draw during the second period of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, the veteran Avs forward put his stick in front of an Alex Ovechkin shot. The puck deflected up and hit him square on the jaw.
Tanguay skated off on his own power and was taken to hospital.
"Right now, status of Tanguay (is a) facial fracture and he won't play (Saturday)," Roy told reporters Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the Avs also lost rookie forward Dennis Everberg for an indefinite period after he suffered a separated shoulder on a hit in the same game.