by Patrick Hoffman on 12/01/09 at 04:48 PM ET
From friend of the blog Jim Cerny at Rink Rap:
Washington’s next opponent is the Florida Panthers. You may not see Tomas Vokoun between the pipes for the Panthers at the Verizon Center, though, on Thursday.
In one of the most bizarre—-and embarrassing—-plays you will ever see, Vokoun was struck down by his own teammate after Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk scored a goal in last night’s game. Defenseman Keith Ballard was so incensed that Kovalchuk was able to pot his own rebound past Vokoun—-due in large part to the fact that Ballard had skated himself out of the play behind the goal line—-that he swung his stick wildly in frustration. In the process his stick struck Vokoun on the side of his mask, sending the veteran goalie crashing down to the ice, with blood pouring from his left ear.
Apparently unaware of what he had just done, Ballard proceeded to swing his stick again, this time smashing it against the goal post, while Vokoun lay writhing at Ballard’s feet.
Ballard then skated to the bench. Meanwhile the Florida trainer was sprinting past him to tend to Vokoun, who eventually was taken off on a stretcher, and spent time at a local Atlanta hospital.
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