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Posted on: Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ouch! Capitals C Belanger plays after losing teeth


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.

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.