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by Paul on 11/18/10 at 12:39 PM ET
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
“When you pull your pant leg up and you can see inside your leg, it’s not a very good feeling,” said Phaneuf, speaking expansively about his injury for the first time Wednesday.
The captain of the Leafs, with his intense glower and hard-nosed play, is accustomed to seeing trepidation in others. That night, he admits, he was feeling fear himself as he wondered whether his season had come to an end.
“When you’re sitting there on the trainer’s table and the orthopedic surgeon says we’ve got to go to the (operating room), you’re definitely wondering. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t (feel scared),” he said.
While exploring the wound, doctors found Phaneuf’s medial collateral ligament had been knicked by Regin’s skate. It had to be stitched up. So did the other internal damage. Phaneuf, though, was fortunate. Regin’s skate missed an artery — “Close; I got very lucky,” Phaneuf says — and the outside of the wound was stapled together in what, in total, was almost a three-hour procedure at Mount Sinai Hospital.
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