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Panthers News: Richard Zednik Stable After Emergency Surgery

Mike DoyonCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2008

Having now watched the incident several times, and having seen the 40-foot stream of blood mark the ice at HSBC Arena, I'm comforted to know that Florida's Richard Zednik is in stable condition after surgery.

Talk about terrifying.

For those of you who aren't aware of last night's scare in Buffalo, I'll recap.

Puck goes into the corner.  Florida Panthers' captain Olli Jokinen is hit and falls awkwardly; teammate Richard Zednik is behind him.  Suddenly, Jokinen's skate swings backward and slashes Zednik in the neck.

It's pretty unbelievable that Zednik was able to skate off the ice, holding his glove to his throat.  According to his teammates, Zednik was conscious but "pale and staring blankly at nothing" when he arrived at the bench with the help of trainers.

It seems as though nasty injuries have a way of happening in Bufftown.  Earlier this year Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills broke his neck and wasn't supposed to walk again.  He's now been walking for two months.

Remember when Buffalo goalie Clint Malarchuk's neck was viciously cut while playing playing St. Louis?  If it weren't for a fast-acting trainer and a whole bunch of luck, he would have bled out. 

It's something I like to call the Buffalo miracle.

Sure, Buffalo has put up with a lot of playoff disappointments with their Bills and Sabres, but there is more to life than sports success.  Malarchuk and Everett have both beaten the odds.

Let's hope Zednik can do the same.

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