Florida forward Richard Zednik underwent surgery to close a deep gash on the right side of his neck and was in stable condition last night after he was cut by a teammate's skate during the Panthers' 5-3 loss in Buffalo.
"The surgery was successful and he's resting comfortably in the hospital," Panthers spokesman Brian Goldman said.
Blood gushed from Zednik's neck after he was hurt midway through the third period, creating a frightening moment that delayed the game for about 15 minutes. There was also a discussion about postponing the game.
Zednik was behind the play and skating into the right corner of the Sabres' zone when teammate Olli Jokinen was upended by Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur. Jokinen fell headfirst to the ice, and his right leg flew up and struck Zednik directly on the side of the neck.
Clutching his neck, Zednik raced to the Florida bench, leaving a long trail of blood. When he arrived, he nearly fell into the arms of a team trainer, who quickly applied a towel to the cut. Zednik was then helped off the ice by the trainer and teammate Jassen Cullimore.
"We shouldn't have finished the game," Jokinen said. "I saw the replay, that it was my skate that hit him in the throat. I've never seen anything like that. There are bigger things than [finishing the game]. It was terrifying."
As crews scraped the blood from the ice during the delay, the public address announcer said: "Richard Zednik is in stable condition and on his way to a Buffalo hospital." The crowd stood in applause in response.
Derek Roy scored twice and Thomas Vanek had a goal and assist to lead the Sabres.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2 - Markus Naslund tied the game with 1:18 left in regulation and Ryan Shannon scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting host Vancouver over Chicago.
Shannon made contact with Nikolai Khabibulin as he spun back across his body and tucked the puck in, drawing complaints and a shot to the head from the Chicago goalie.
Capitals 3, Rangers 2 - Mike Green scored a power-play goal 23 seconds into overtime to give host Washington a victory and make Olie Kolzig a winner in his 700th career game.
Kings 3, Blue Jackets 2 - Patrick O'Sullivan scored the tiebreaking goal in the shootout after having a go-ahead goal waved off in the second period as visiting Los Angeles snapped a four-game skid against Columbus.
Wild 2, Blues 1 - Brent Burns produced his second game-winning goal in two days, scoring in the sixth round of a shootout for Minnesota in St. Louis.
Predators 6, Coyotes 3 - J. P. Dumont and Rich Peverley scored 23 seconds apart in the third period to lift Nashville in Glendale, Ariz.
Ducks 3, Red Wings 2 - Mathieu Schneider had a goal and an assist to lift visiting Anaheim to its fourth straight win.
Penguins 4, Flyers 3 - Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and set up three others as Pittsburgh beat visiting Philadelphia.