NHL: Commentator Pierre McGuire lucky to avoid being struck by errant puck

Ice hockey commentator Pierre Mc Guire calls the action as the puck narrowly misses his head

Ice hockey commentator Pierre Mc Guire calls the action as the puck narrowly misses his head

On the face of it, being a sports analyst sounds like the ideal job. Officials and coaches also often catch bad breaks and, as we saw on Monday night, analysts occasionally aren't safe either.

Sports commentator Pierre McGuire has had an extraordinarily close encounter with a hockey puck during Monday night's NHL game between Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

McGuire's delayed reflexes in reaction to the incoming puck showed he had little chance to fend off the projectile if it had been just centimetres closer to his face. A puck that almost struck McGuire and smashed into a nearby camera. A puck was rifled out of play, and came right for McGuire's head.

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Considering he could have been seriously injured, the latter was very philosophical about his narrow escape.

"It's all part of what goes on down here", McGuire said following the incident. The Russian has now scored seven goals in the last five games and has a league-high 99 points so far this season.

This is a point we can not emphasize enough.

Towards the end of the first period in a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the action was halted after an errant puck went flying into the team benches.

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