Video: Zucker accidentally kicked in face, luckily avoids injury

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Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker got assessed a two-minute penalty for tripping Los Angeles’ Kyle Clifford in the second period of today’s game. It nearly ended far worse for him though.

As Clifford fell to the ice, one of his legs swung upward and his skate hit Zucker’s throat and face, causing Zucker to collapse as well. Zucker briefly left the game as a result, but fortunately he wasn’t seriously injured and quickly returned to the bench.

You can see the incident below:

Getting cut by an opponent’s skate can lead to serious injuries as we’ve unfortunately seen numerous times over the years. Just yesterday, Dallas Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth suffered an arm laceration on R.J. Umberger‘s skate: