Victor Hedman suffered a nasty cut near eye (and it could have been worse)

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It’s weird to say that Victor Hedman was “lucky” to bleed profusely and need four stitches for a wound on Friday, but … yes, Hedman was probably lucky.

Sweden dominated Italy 8-1 today at the World Hockey Championship, as you’d likely expect. The hockey world gasped more at Hedman’s wound – caused thanks to a check that broke his visor but somehow spared his eye – rather than the lopsided score.

Inside Tre Kronor has some great photos from the scene, where Hedman looks like he’s getting stitched together like Frankenstein’s monster or something. Here’s the moment when he was initially cut:

And here’s a couple gruesome shots of him getting stitched together.

Once the ewwws and gasps subside, the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman and his team likely breathed a sigh of relief. It could have been more than just a scare and a stinging wound.