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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The toughness of hockey players should never come into question. In April, Columbus Blue Jackets rookie Zach Werenski got hit in the face against the Pittsburgh Penguins — and kept playing with his face ugly-looking.

It turns out that more than 14 players for the Ottawa Senators played through injuries. It was widely-known that defenseman Erik Karlsson, their captain, had two hairline fractures in his left heel.

Erik Karlsson (Getty Images)

Erik Karlsson (Getty Images)

However, according to general manager Pierre Dorian, he also had muscle damage in his ankle. In 19 games, he had two goals and 16 assists, with a plus-13 rating and averaged more than 28 minutes per game.

Craig Anderson, goalie, who also had to deal with his wife having cancer, had a back injury, which Dorian called in “terrible shape,” against the New York Rangers.

In total, including Anderson and Karlsson, there were 16 players, who were playing through injuries in the postseason. The rest were nine forwards and five defenseman.

In the forwards, Alex Burrows was dealing with a high ankle sprain, while Zack Smith and Viktor Stålberg had an abdominal injuries. Chris Neil had a sprained hand, while Tom Pyatt had an ankle injury and Derick Brassard was dealing with a shoulder injury.

Mark Stone had a leg injury. Ryan Dzingel had a wrist injury and Clarke MacArthur had a neck injury.

With the defenseman, Mark Borowiecki was dealing with a high ankle sprain. Cody Ceci suffered a broken finger several times. Dion Phaneuf was dealing with a wrist injury and Marc Methot had a finger injury. Fredrik Claesson also dealt with a back injury.

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