Video: Islanders’ Cizikas mostly avoids skate blade in dangerous moment

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While there’s little doubt that Simon Despres’ skate blade hurt when it grazed Casey Cizika’s face and neck, the scene could’ve been downright grisly in Long Island in Game 6.

As you can see from this video, the New York Islanders forward could’ve been cut much worse when the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman’s skate went flailing:

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Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey managed to grab a screenshot of the most anxious moment:

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Impressively enough, the 22-year-old returned during the first period after getting patched up. Seriously, the “hockey players are tough” folder might need to become a binder.