There has been a lot of ugliness already in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, and some of the hits have been legitimately scary. From hair and jersey pulling to punching a player who is not defending himself, the game has done wrong by itself by presenting such a pathetic, ugly lack of sportsmanship.
But this is nothing new in hockey.
Over the years there have been many ugly fights and hits and some terribly scary injuries. Some awful injuries have come from innocent plays, some from stupidity and others from vicious attacks.
What follows is a look at 11 of the scariest injuries in NHL history.
NOTE: Many of the images in the videos that follow are graphic in nature. Please proceed through this slideshow with caution.
This is scary because of the damage the puck could have done, but Chicago's Duncan Keith escaped with "only" seven teeth knocked out after taking a puck to the mouth against San Jose.
This is just stupid. Keith Ballard, now of the Canucks, decides to take out some frustration without looking where he's swinging his stickblade. The end result is Tomas Vokoun being taken from the arena in an ambulance.
Ribeiro missed almost eight weeks after taking a slash to the throat. Again, there was a significant injury here, but the potential injury could have been so much worse.
This was a terribly scary incident that, thankfully, didn't end Pacioretty's career. Montreal fans hate Boston anyway, but this made Zdeno Chara the focus of their hatred and a police investigation.
Horton hasn't been the same since this ugly hit by Aaron Rome in the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Rome's Finals were ended by a suspension—and rightfully so.
This is one of many examples of why Tie Domi is one of the most hated/feared/loathed players in the history of the NHL. A cheap elbow to the head of Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer in a playoff game wound up with Niedermayer out cold.
Tony Granato, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, apparently had a momentary mental trip to his inner samurai when he chopped Wilkinson in the head/neck area with his stick.
One of the all-time ugly moments in the history of the league, and one that led to Marty McSorley speaking with the police, came when one tough guy took the easy way out against another fighter by hitting him in the head with his stick. McSorley crossed the line here and was punished as such.
Start the video at 2:06 and watch to the end.
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My personal opinion: Todd Bertuzzi should have played as many NHL games after this incident as Steve Moore has. A pathetic, ugly, brutal, classless move that fans around the league have reminded Bertuzzi of ever since.
And yes, this is the same Bertuzzi who was so outspoken about McSorley's head shot on Brashear.
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There have been a number of scary, life-threatening moments where a skate blade has made contact with a player in the neck or wrist area. Clint Malarchuk's was one of the most gruesome.
Howie Morenz was one of the game's first true superstars. He was the face of the Canadiens for years, but injuries started to slow him down in the mid-1930s. After a few years on other rosters, he came back to revitalize his career with the Habs in 1936-37.
In Chicago on Jan. 28, 1937, Morenz tripped in the corner and his skate got caught in the boards. Chicago defenseman Earl Seibert accidentally fell over Morenz and the Hall of Famer suffered a horrific injury. He broke 4 bones in his left leg and ankle.
Morenz's career was in doubt as he sat in a hospital. He would suffer a nervous breakdown and, just minutes before his wife and a Canadiens executive came to visit him in the hospital, he died of a heart attack.