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Injured Florida Player Continues Recovery

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The Florida Panthers player who suffered a life-threatening gash to the neck at HSBC Arena Sunday night continues his recovery at Buffalo General Hospital. Richard Zednik was struck by a teammate's skate during the game against the Sabres.

Doctors held a news conference late Monday afternoon to update Zednik's condition. They say he is awake and alert. Sabres team doctor, Les Bisson, is credited with playing a key role in saving Zednik's life by stopping the bleeding. Bisson says Zednik's wound is potentially fatal. But he says at no point did he think he was going to lose Zednik as they rushed to the hospital.

Zednik underwent surgery at Buffalo General to repair his carotid artery, which the surgeon said was attached by a thread.

Doctors say he does not appear that he suffered any neurological damage. It's not known how much longer Zednik will remain in Buffalo.

Panthers management is extending thanks to the Buffalo General staff and Buffalo Sabres for their efforts.