Zednik hurt in Sabres' 5-3 win
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Richard Zednik sustained a deep gash across the neck on Sunday night's game. Zednik, who had blood gushing from his neck after being cut by a teammate's skate midway through the third period, was transported to hospital and listed in stable condition. The game was delayed for 15 minutes, and a hush fell over the crowd. Zednik was behind the play and skating into the right corner of the Sabres' zone, when teammate Olli Jokinen was upended by Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell. Jokinen fell head-first to the ice, and his right leg flew up and struck Zednik directly on the side of the neck. Clutching his neck, Zednik immediately raced to the Florida bench, leaving a long trail of blood. A Sabres trainer jumped on the ice to apply a towel across the player's neck, and Zednik was immediately escorted to the Panthers' dressing room. A hush fell over the crowd at HSBC Arena. The crowd sat in silence and players and coaches looked on in shock from the benches as crews scraped the blood from the ice. Zambonis were also driven out to clean the ice. It wasn't until the public address announcer announced Zednik being in stable condition that the crowd gave a standing ovation. The game resumed shortly after, but the final 9:56 was played with little intensity or passion.