2019 has a brutal end for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team has just announced that top forward Jake Guentzel underwent successful shoulder surgery after a nasty collision with the boards last night while scoring his 20th goal of the season in the contest against the Ottawa Senators.
He is expected to miss four to six months of action.
The collision took place when Guentzel scored the goal for his team only to find himself tripped up by Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot.
The fall caused Guentzel to go head first into the boards in sickening fashion and to be completely honest I would not have been surprised to see a stretcher come out for him given the way he collided with the end boards. Somehow though Guentzel appeared to be relatively okay, although he was clutching at either his shoulder or his collarbone as he writhed in pain on the ice.
The worst part of this of course is that just earlier on Monday, Guentzel was among the players selected to participate in the 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game that will take place in the home of the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.
You can imagine he will now be replaced to take part in the festivities.