The life of an NHL linesman comes with many occupational hazards. Pucks, sticks, flying fists - there really is no telling what could happen on any night that might lead to an injury for the men in stripes.
On Sunday in Washington, it appears the playing surface got the best of linesman Steve Barton during the Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets' Game 3 showdown. His skate seemed to catch an edge as he retreated from the faceoff dot after dropping the puck.
It was revealed Monday that Barton suffered a dislocated kneecap and torn quadriceps that will require surgery, according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.
After going down awkwardly, Barton needed help off the ice from medical staff and players and didn't return to the game.