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When you maneuver around a playing field on miniature katanas, there is an inherent risk of getting cut by the very blades that propel you. Such was the case with Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik during last night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. In the third period, Zednik was caught in the neck by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen, when Jokinen was up-ended behind the Sabres’ goal.

As he was being knocked over, Jokinen’s right leg went parallel to the ground and his skate hit Zednik in the throat, slashing it open. Fortunately for Zednik, who is resting peacefully at the Buffalo General Hospital, he was quickly given the proper care he needed and a disastrous fatality was avoided.

Thanks to Can’t Stop the Bleeding (isn’t it ironic, don’tcha think?), we have the YouTube of the incident and I should probably warn you that it’s not for the squeamish. If you are bothered by the appearance of human blood, you’ll probably want to avoid the replay.

If you’d like to send Zednik some thoughts of concern and support, you can do so by visiting the Florida Panthers site. Get well, Richard.