2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks Fan Patricia Higgins Has Surgery After Taking Puck to the Face

By Dan Parzych
Blackhawks Fan
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Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals lived up to the hype as the Chicago Blackhawks overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period against the Boston Bruins before going on to win the game 4-3 in triple overtime to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Blackhawks fans had plenty to cheer about, but unfortunately for one fan–she was the victim of getting hit in the face with a puck that went into the stands while she was attending the game.

55-year-old Patricia Higgins is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery and taking a puck to the face while watching Thursday’s game between the Blackhawks and Bruins with her daughter. Unfortunately, there’s a risk when attending certain sporting events such as hockey or baseball when it comes to the puck or baseball entering the stands as fans need to be alert at all times.

Pucks may not enter the stands as much as baseballs–but it still tends to happen at least a few times each game.


As you can see in the photo, the puck left some pretty intense damage to Higgins’ face, but it’s good to hear that she’s expected to make a full recovery following the surgery. On another note, Chicago and Boston are set to square off once again on Saturday in Game 2 in what is expected to be another intense matchup.

If Game 1 is any indication of what to expect–this is going to turn into an epic series between these two teams.

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