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MSG Network's John Giannone OK after puck to face during Rangers-Islanders game

John Giannone talks on camera after taking a

John Giannone talks on camera after taking a puck to the face in the Rangers' game against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden. (Credit: YouTube)

Hockey players are generally a tough group of people. But they've got nothing on hockey reporters, specifically MSG Network rinkside reporter John Giannone.

Towards the end of the second period in Thursday's Rangers-Islanders game, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal tried to clear the puck out of the Rangers' zone, but it sailed over the boards towards the Rangers bench. Giannone was the unfortunate victim, taking the puck square in the face.

The best part: Giannone shrugged it off as if nothing had happened, and spoke on camera moments later as medical professionals tended to his injuries.

"I literally kept my eye on the puck there, I'll tell you that," Giannone said as a medic wiped blood off of the reporter's face.

Giannone added this on Twitter after the game: "Happy to say I'll be okay after stopping that Marc Staal clear with my face. Moral of the story: I checked the clock...and got clocked!! But seriously, million thanks to #NYR, especially trainer Jim Ramsay, doctors, staff, players & coaches for everything tonight. #firstclass"

Watch the video below and see exactly how it all went down. Our friends on the Newsday mobile app can go to the following URL to watch the video:

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