Almost 2 decades later, Malarchuk still haunted by his own gory accident Print
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Tuesday, 12 February 2008 15:25
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 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Clint Malarchuk watches tape of Richard Zednik's throat slash and is thrown back almost two decades. That's when he had his own gruesome moment on the ice.
Malarchuk, now the goaltending coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, was in goal for the Buffalo Sabres on March 22, 1989. St. Louis Blues forward Steve Tuttle was flipped upside down in the crease, his skate flying up and slicing Malarchuk's jugular vein.
``It's been a pretty emotional couple of days for me,'' Malarchuk said Tuesday, two days after Zednik's carotid artery was nearly severed by Florida Panthers teammate Olli Jokinen's skate in a game against the Sabres in Buffalo. ``It's been almost 19 years. I wouldn't think that kind of a memory would flood back for me like it did.''
At the time, there were reports that 11 fans fainted and two more had heart attacks when Malarchuk's macabre accident took place. Three players vomited on the ice.
pgraded to good Tuesday. He is expected to fully recover.
Malarchuk said his initial thoughts were with Zednik's family.
``I know my family was pretty shaken up when it happened to me,'' he said. ``It's tough.''
Malarchuk has tried to get a message to Zednik through the Panthers' front office. He would like to speak with Zednik when the time is right.
``If I talk to him, I'll tell him time heals,'' said Malarchuk, who played 11 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and the Sabres from 1981-92. ``If he asked me if he should take his time getting back, I would probably say I didn't. It's better if you get back in there because you're going to be hounded by people with questions until you do.''
His psyche was damaged for years.
``I had wicked nightmares where I'd sit up straight in bed like in the movies, sweating,'' Malarchuk said. ``It was just a flashback. I'd see the skate coming up. That didn't go away right away.''
Malarchuk needed 300 stitches, yet spent only one night in the hospital. He returned to practice four days later.
``I grew up around rodeo,'' he said, standing in the middle of the Blue Jackets' dressing room. ``You got bucked off the horse, the sooner you got back on the better you were going to be. You can't be living with negatives all the time. You've got to get some positive flow back. I thought it was important to come back as quickly as I could.''
Then he added with a laugh, ``And I was also in the option year of my contract.''
Malarchuk returned to play in the Sabres' 1989 season finale, working the final five minutes - less than two weeks after his injury.
He's seen replays of his accident many times but isn't bothered by it because he feels it's almost as if he's watching someone else. Other things, however, do bother him.
``I have a hard time if I see a slasher movie,'' he said.
 

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