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)
First, video of Zednik’s Sunday slashing from TWO MINUTES FOR BLOGGING:
And in comparison, here’s a frighteningly familiar scene from March 1989, when Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk also took a skate to the neck (warning: very graphic NSFW video):
Fortunately, Malarchuk survived the vicious slashing, and even gave an interview about it a week later. As for Zednik, a Panthers spokesman said that emergency neck surgery was successful, and Richard was “resting comfortably” at the hospital.