The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that Richard Zednik has been upgraded to good condition on Tuesday, and doctors are planning to remove the Florida Panthers player from the intensive care unit at a Buffalo hospital.
Zednik suffered a vicious skate slash to the neck on Sunday, which severed his carotid artery and caused him to lose massive amounts of blood. Doctors believe Zednik lost a third of the amount of blood in his body from the cut.
A very scary moment for Richard Zednik and fans & players in Buffalo on Sunday night, as the Florida Panthers forward was slashed in the neck by a wayward skate.
(Screen capture courtesy of THE HOCKEY HERALD)
During the 3rd period of Sunday’s game against the Sabres, the Panthers’ Olli Jokinen fell forward and accidentally caught his skate on the right side of Zednik’s neck. Although he was bleeding profusely, Zednik managed to make it back to the bench under his own power, where the team trainer immediately brought him back to the locker room.
TSN reports that “players, coaches and fans sat in silence after the accident, and the game was delayed for 15 minutes as the blood was cleaned off the ice.”
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Buffalo hockey fans have witnessed such a gory event. (video after the jump)