By Bryan Jeon
Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik underwent surgery to close a deep gash on the right side of his neck and was in stable condition Sunday night after he was cut by teammate, Olli Jokinen‘s skate during the game.
Buffalo won the game 5-3, but there was discussion to end the game altogether, including by Jokinen, after the freak incident occurred in the third period.
Zednik’s carotid artery was severed, and one doctor described it as “hanging by a thread.” He underwent surgery for an hour to reconnect the artery, which supplies blood to the brain, as the 1.5 inch-wound gushed out a half-gallon of blood, including on the ice.
It was the second serious injury caused by a skate in two days. On Saturday, NHL linesman Pat Dapuzzo needed dozens of stitches to close a cut on his face after he was hit by the skate of Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie.
And then of course, there was the infamous neck injury in 1989 when Steve Tuttle was upended and sliced goaltender Clint Malarchuk in the neck, requiring over 300 stitches and prompting goaltenders to have the neck protection on their facemasks that are prevalent today because of that.
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