Panthers' Zednik stable after skate gashes neck

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik underwent surgery to close a deep gash on the right side of his neck and was in stable condition Sunday night after he was cut by a teammate's skate.

"The surgery was successful and he's resting comfortably in the hospital," Panthers spokesman Brian Goldman said.

Blood gushed from Zednik's neck after he was hurt midway through the third period of Buffalo's 5-3 victory, creating a frightening moment that delayed the game for about 15 minutes. There was also a brief discussion about postponing the game altogether.

Zednik was behind the play and skating into the right corner of the Sabres' zone, when teammate Olli Jokinen was upended by Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur. Jokinen fell head-first to the ice, and his right leg flew up and struck Zednik directly on the side of the neck.

Clutching his neck, Zednik raced to the Florida bench, leaving a long trail of blood. When he arrived, he nearly fell into the arms of a team trainer, who quickly applied a towel to the cut. Zednik was then helped off the ice by the trainer and teammate Jassen Cullimore, and escorted to the dressing room.

In other NHL games Sunday, Mike Green scored a power-play goal 23 seconds into overtime to lift host Washington to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. ... Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and set up three others, giving him seven points in two days, and host Pittsburgh finally beat cross-state rival Philadelphia, 4-3. ... Mathieu Schneider had a goal and an assist to lift Anaheim over host Detroit, 3-2. ... Brent Burns produced his second game-winning goal in two days, scoring in the sixth round of a shootout in Minnesota's 2-1 victory over host St. Louis. ... Patrick O'Sullivan scored the tiebreaking goal in the shootout after having a go-ahead goal waved off in the third period, and visiting Los Angeles topped Columbus, 3-2. ... J.P. Dumont and Rich Peverley scored 23 seconds apart in the third period to lift visiting Nashville over Phoenix, 6-3. ... Markus Naslund tied the game with 1:18 left in regulation and Ryan Shannon scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting host Vancouver to a 3-2 win over Chicago.

Horse Racing

A couple of colts coming off layoffs inserted their names into the early Kentucky Derby picture with a 1-2 finish in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes in Arcadia. Georgie Boy returned from a five-month vacation to win by 3¼ lengths over Into Mischief. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Georgie Boy covered 7 furlongs in 1:20.01 and paid $7.80 and $3.20. Into Mischief returned $2.60 as the 7-5 wagering favorite.


The United States started the defense of its Davis Cup title with a 4-1 first-round win over host Austria in Vienna. The teams split Sunday's reverse singles after the U.S. had already secured its quarterfinal spot by winning Saturday's doubles. The Americans will host France, which beat Romania in the first round, on April 11-13 for a place in the semifinals. Russia, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, the Czech Republic and Spain also reached the quarterfinals. ... Polish teen Agnieszka Radwanska claimed her second career title after saving a match point that led to a 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (4) victory over U.S. veteran Jill Craybas in the Pattaya (Thailand) Women's Open final.


Egypt won its sixth African Cup of Nations title, and second in a row, by beating Cameroon 1-0 behind Mohamed Aboutreika's goal in the final at Accra, Ghana.


Yelena Soboleva broke her own indoor world record in the 1,500 meters at the Russian indoor championships in Moscow. Soboleva finished in 3 minutes, 58.05 seconds at the CSKA indoor arena, shaving 0.23 seconds off the 2006 mark she set at the Russian nationals.