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Florida Panther Richard Zednik rushed to hospital with neck injury

He is reported to be in stable condition.

Richard Zednik sustained a major gash in his neck when the right skate of Panthers’ teammate Olli Jokinen with his back to Zednik caught him with 9:56 left in Sunday’s game at Buffalo and the Sabres leading 4-3. The game was suspended temporarily.

Sabres’ doctors stopped the bleeding and Zednik was transported to Buffalo General Hospital in “stable condition,” said Panthers team spokesman Justin Copertino. Sabres’ team doctor William Hartrich and Dr. Les Biffon worked on Zednick to stop the bleeding.

Blood poured out of Zednik’s neck as he skated to the Panthers’ bench and was quickly escorted off the ice with a white towel on his neck. A trail of blood remained from the goal line in the Sabres’ zone all the way to the Panthers’ bench.

Jokinen was tangled with Buffalo’s Clarke Macarthur near the boards and while falling down kicked his skate up into the air. It sliced his linemate’s neck.

Zednik’s injury was a fluke happening. Let’s hope he gets well soon.

Buffalo fans were classy afterwards, giving a standing ovation after Zednik’s condition was reported. I’m a Florida fan and say thanks Buffalo.

Florida lost the game 5-3. Their climb to first place on hold for now.

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Bill, That was something else. I was watching it live and wrote this blog.
Peace…Iron Mike

Posted by Educated Bet | February 12, 2008 | 08:31 am | Permalink

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