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Video: Islanders’ Cizikas mostly avoids skate blade in dangerous moment

May 11, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

While there’s little doubt that Simon Despres‘ skate blade hurt when it grazed Casey Cizika’s face and neck, the scene could’ve been downright grisly in Long Island in Game 6.

As you can see from this video, the New York Islanders forward could’ve been cut much worse when the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman’s skate went flailing:

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Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey managed to grab a screenshot of the most anxious moment:


Impressively enough, the 22-year-old returned during the first period after getting patched up. Seriously, the “hockey players are tough” folder might need to become a binder.

  1. 8man - May 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Full cage. Nuff said.

  2. mmmpierogi - May 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    “They call it … the Iron Lotus.”

  3. sjsharks66 - May 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Very scary situation. Glad no one was hurt.

  4. mclovinhockey - May 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Full cage won’t help the neck… So full cage plus neck guard

  5. ironcity6pak - May 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Ask the Ott scientist, this might have been done on purpose. Life ban from NHL.

  6. blackhawksdynasty - May 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Knee-jerk reactions can send the safety-man types spiraling out of control. (Let’s just cover the players in shark bite resistant suits so there won’t be any more boo-boos!!)….look, I’m glad he didn’t get hurt…….but come on people, this is hockey!! These guys know they risk injuring themselves – & they’re paid very well to do so. Just let ’em play.

  7. hazlydose - May 12, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Are neck guards permitted in the NHL? Forget kevlar socks, give me a kevlar neck guard! Juggular > Achilles

  8. billsboy88 - May 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I thought it looked pretty close during real time. Seemed like the broadcasters missed it or something cuz they barely mentioned it. Glad it wasn’t worse, those kinda slicing injuries give me the creeps.

  9. ironmike778 - May 12, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Full cage?? Lol. First of all it’s the neck. Second, it’s the NHL. You’ll never see full cages and I wouldn’t want to.

  10. modellforprez - May 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Maybe someone can invent skates like those prison boots Nick Cage and his brother wore in prison in Faceoff where you go to lift them off the floor or in this case ice and they shutdown and just wont move. because sooner or later you can figure out the rest after seeing despres there….

  11. Anthony Maiorana - May 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    We’ve seen situations like this enough to know that it never ends well. Cizikas got extremely lucky there. Unfortunately there’s no way to control where players skates end up in awkward falls and leg jerks like this.

    Surprised that things like this haven’t lead to a debate about neck protection like concussions have lead to the visor debates.

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