You know your week hasnt gone as it should when your name appears in a headline like the one Panthers forward Richard Zednik generated in the Miami Herald: Panthers Zednik lucky to be alive. Earlier this month, Zednik made possibly the biggest news in the National Hockey League by catching Olli Jokinens skate across his carotid artery during a game in Buffalo. A half-gallon of blood spilled out before doctors could put a cork in him. A surgeon later described him as very lucky, which is surgeon talk for, one of the unluckiest sons-of-bitches in town tonight, who at least happens not to be dead.
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For the Panthers at large, who lurk on the fringe of the playoff chase, the memory of the icy, slasher-flick-style blood trail could indeed be a lucky turn. Zednik, now out of commission for the season, may become the Panthers Gipper. See if they can justify his blood against the so-so Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the BankAtlantic Center (One Panthers Pkwy., Sunrise). Tickets start at $17. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.floridapanthers.com.
Wed., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2008