Barry Melrose says that about the accidental slashing of Tomas Volkun, and you can't help but agree with him. I've never seen anything like this, either:
Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being accidentally hit in the head by the stick of teammate Keith Ballard in the opening period of Monday night's game against the Atlanta Thrashers.That's right--he did that to his own teammate. What the hell is wrong with Ballard? Does he need to even bother suiting up for any more games this year? This is not what hockey is about, and this is a young man who needs to be evaluated. Accidental or not, this was one of the worst examples of poor judgement and mental presence on the ice I've ever seen.
Vokoun had a cut on his ear but was alert when he was placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital, a Panthers spokesman said.
"Vakoun is going to be fine," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said after a 4-3 loss to the Thrashers.
"There was no internal ear damage, just a laceration," Panthers general manager Randy Sexton said. Vokoun will meet the team at the airport and fly home with them, he said.
It will be determined Tuesday whether Vakoun will be available for Florida's next game, at home against Colorado on Wednesday, Sexton said.
The injury occurred after Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk scored a goal at 8:54 of the first period, knocking in his own rebound. In apparent frustration, Ballard swung his stick at the net, inadvertently striking Vokoun in the head.