Panthers practice with teammate Zednik still hospitalized

By: associated press
By: associated press

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- With minds still occupied by teammate Richard Zednik's gruesome neck injury, the Florida Panthers got back to business today. They practiced for the first time since Zednik was critically injured during Sunday's outing in Buffalo, where he remains hospitalized in an intensive car unit in stable condition.

Doctors believe he didn't suffer any long-term brain or nerve damage after losing a significant amount of blood, and one surgeon describes Zednik as "very lucky."

Panthers coach Jacques Martin says Zednik should be released from intensive care later today.

Zednik was injured when teammate Olli Jokinen was upended and his razor-sharp skate blade pierced Zednik's neck, opening a deep gash that stopped just shy of the 32-year-old's jugular vein.

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