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Todd Bertuzzi dodges a bullet

Updated w/ a picture at 9:45 PM: I don't know if we're gonna find a video of the play, but Todd Bertuzzi took a stick to the eye on a follow-through by Stars forward Jamie Benn. The refs called what is not but should be a double minor for high sticking as follow-throughs are exempt from penalties--though Kris Draper was nearly blinded by Paul Kariya on a similar play.

As Wings fans' collective breath was being held waiting for news on Bertuzzi because he dropped his gloves and went off bleeding, we can all exhale now, per MLive's Ansar Khan.

Fox Sports Detroit's Larry Murphy says that Bertuzzi has cuts both above and below the eye, and he's got quite the shiner going, but he's okay. Squinting a bit on the bench, but okay.

Update: here's a picture, via the Twitter community and Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji:

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bobinalaska's avatar

Holy crap! Khan can tweet from the future?

Posted by bobinalaska from Fairbanks, Palinistan on 01/29/13 at 10:58 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Beast mode won’t ever wear a visor.

Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 01/29/13 at 11:22 PM ET

Zqto's avatar

I still dont get it what’s the reason visors are not mandatory yet, at least for new players…

Posted by Zqto on 01/29/13 at 11:43 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Or: In Soviet Detroit, Bertuzzi’s eyes hit puck!

Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 01/30/13 at 12:15 AM ET

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