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MSG reporter OK after taking puck to face

The Rangers aren't afraid to put their bodies in front of oncoming pucks.

That includes their sideline reporters.

MSG Network's John Giannone got hit in the face with a puck during the second period of Thursday's 4-1 win over the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. The reporter, with blood streaming down his face, still managed to give details of what just happened moments after he suffered the blow.

He tweeted a photo of his face on Friday, showing cuts on his nose and forehead, with a message thanking those who offered support. That photo has become his Twitter avatar.

In the closing seconds of the second period, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal lifted the puck out of play, and it somehow managed to hit Giannone square in the face. The reporter was standing between the two team benches, and immediately received attention from Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay. His fellow MSG reporters were stunned, but Giannone assured them he was all right.

"It's all good Sammy [Rosen]; I got a good medical staff with me, and Marc Staal just came over and apologized. So all good," Giannone said. "Literally kept my eye on the puck there, I'll tell you that."

Giannone tweeted Thursday that he was fine, even taking a little jab at himself.

He added:

According to the New York Daily News, some of the Rangers had some fun with Giannone about his bruises after the win.

“It looked bad when I hit him. He’ll look like one of us tomorrow,” Staal told the Daily News. “I felt bad. It was a rolling puck, and as soon as I let it go, I could see him not even looking. He’s lucky it was a backhand."