Lifesaving Surgery for Hockey Player

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik is
recovering from lifesaving surgery after severing his carotid artery during a game yesterday.

The hockey player's agent tells The Associated Press that Zednik is in stable condition at a Buffalo, New York hospital. Zednick lost a drastic amount of blood during the game against the Sabres when he was accidentally sliced across the right side of the throat by a teammate's skate.

Canada's Sportsnet cable-TV network is reporting on its Web site that the skate blade just missed cutting the jugular vein.

The Panthers returned home to South Florida following the game. They did not have an immediate update on the player's condition or details of the severity of the injury.

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