DALLAS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Matt Hendricks buckled to the frozen floor Thursday after he was blasted below the belt by a speeding puck.
After his Edmonton Oilers dropped a 3-2 game to the Dallas Stars, the forward posted a picture on his Twitter account, showing his shattered cup.
"I'd like to thank Bike & @RussellAthletic for saving my bacon tonight! #closecall," Hendricks tweeted.
Hendricks, 34, amazingly returned to the game after missing a few line shifts. The brutal blow came with the Oilers trailing 2-0 in the second period.
Fans and television viewers can still hear the incident happen during the game, from the slap of the stick to the smack of the cup. Alex Goligoski fired the unfortunate shot.
"Good thing that company makes a solid product ... that's a vital area," Hendricks told the Edmonton Journal.
"I was hurting but I got out unscathed," he added. "We've all been hit there before, all the fellas anyway, but this was scary, instant pain."
The Oilers are No. 7 in the Pacific Division with a 19-25-5 record.
"Lots of courage from Hendo to be in that shooting lane. He drives our team that way," Oilers coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal.
Hendricks has two goals and five assists this season.