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Tampa Bay area mom hit in face with puck at Lightning playoff game


A Tampa Bay area mom is recovering after getting drilled in the face by a hockey puck at Saturday’s Lightning playoff game. 

“Before I knew it, everything went black and I just felt like I got sucker punched,” said Sabrina Pattie.

Sabrina and Ryan Pattie are huge Lightning fans and shelled out big bucks on their playoff tickets.

“This was our first game as a family with our boys. They’d never been to a hockey game,” said Ryan Pattie.

In section 128, row five, the family had an awful experience when Sabrina was hit in the face.

“I jumped up and grabbed a couple towels that someone had thrown our way. We now know that Stamkos threw them over to cover her up. I didn’t want my kids to see it,” said Ryan.  

“My head was just pulsating. When I went to feel it, there was literally a golf ball sticking out of my forehead,” said Sabrina.

Sabrina was taken to Tampa General on Saturday to be checked out. She went back to the emergency room on Monday, suffering from pain.

“I felt kind of nauseous and I was feeling the top of my head where a lot of it just feels numb,” said Sabrina.

She is expected to be okay but she her husband says there’s a bigger issue here.

“We’re not looking for the Lightning to do anything for us. We want them to do right and put safety measures in place to avoid this with other families,” said Ryan.  

Though a bad experience on Saturday, the family won’t stop cheering for the Bolts.

“I told them in the ER, ‘where is the game, I want to see the game!'”

The Lightning released a statement saying:

We are very sorry that Ms. Pattie was struck by a puck at our game on Saturday afternoon.  The safety standards as they pertain to the spectator netting and minimum glass heights in all NHL buildings is set by the NHL and these standards are in place at Amalie Arena.

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