DALLAS — Chad Johnson was in a tough spot.
On Thursday night at American Airlines Center, the Bruins asked their backup goalie to give them a win. It was Johnson’s first start since Dec. 19. Johnson was playing behind a team whose structure, according to their boss, had collapsed.
And then he got stuck in the face.
At 12:28 of the second period, the blade of Zdeno Chara’s stick poked through Johnson’s mask. The blade poked Johnson’s left cheek, grazed his left eye, and popped out his contact lens. For the rest of the period, Johnson played without his left contact and an open cut below his eye.
That didn’t bother Johnson. With the Bruins desperate for two points, Johnson delivered a 32-save performance to backstop his team to a 4-2 win. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.