But it's also been taking a lot of abuse over the last week.
Nashville Predators. And, as he did against the Blackhawks, Klesla returned to the game in the second period wearing a full facemask to keep the team from finishing shorthanded.
The Coyotes lead the Western Conference Semifinal 2-0 and have a few days off before the series resumes in Nashville on Wednesday. Klesla can use the down time.
"Getting hit in the face with a puck – I've been in that position and it's no fun," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "Sometimes you get your bell rung or in Rusty's case, he got hit in the chin and there was some soreness in his jaw. But as soon as that faded away, he looked up and said, 'I'm good to go,' so away he went and he finished the game off."
The Coyotes are hoping Klesla will be good to go for Game 3. Fellow Czech blueliner Michal Rozsival, who took a face-first check into the boards against Chicago last Monday, sat out Sunday's game. Adrian Aucoin, who has been inconsistent so far in the playoffs, and David Schlemko were asked to play 20 and 15 minutes, respectively, and heavy minutes while Klesla was recuperating.