The playoffs are the most wonderful time of the year for hockey fans and players alike, and when it comes to playoff hockey, players will do anything to play.

During this time of year, a lot of players are banged up and playing through injuries to help their team try and win a Stanley Cup.


Zach Werenski got hit in the face with a puck during a game against the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, but he came back and attempted to finish the game.

He probably would have, too, if his eye didn't swell up shut, but it just goes to show how tough hockey players are and how far they're willing to go to help their team win.

Speaking of toughness and playing through injuries, you won't believe what Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks played through.

If you didn't think playing through a torn ACL and MCL was possible, think again.

Although Thornton missed the first two games of San Jose's series with Edmonton, he played the final four games and played over 22 minutes in the final two games of the series.

Thornton wasn't the only Shark playing through an injury during the series, either.

Thornton, Marleau and Hertl joined guys like Erik Karlsson in the "played through a ridiculous injury in the playoffs" department.

Toughness of hockey players is truly on display during the playoffs, and we imagine that will continue in Round 2, which starts Wednesday.

(H/T: San Jose Sharks)