Blues center Robert Thomas accidentally spears helmet off head of Devils RW Nick Merkley

Robert Thomas spears helmet off head of Nick Merkley Blues vs Devils 2/18/2020

St. Louis Blues center Robert Thomas accidentally pulled the helmet off the head of New Jersey Devils right winger Nick Merkley during Tuesday night's game at the Enterprise Center.

It happened in the third period with the Blues holding a 2-0 lead. Thomas was in control of the puck behind his old blue line with Merkley coming across the ice for the check. Thomas sent the puck up the boards and braced for the collision, but in the process, his stick came up and got caught in the earhole of Merkley's helmet. The stick went through the earhole and yanked the hemlet off Merkley's head.

Merkley appeared to be cut and came off the ice. Play was stopped, and Thomas received a four-minute penalty for high sticking. Merkley did not return to the game.

The Blues beat the Devils 3-0.

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