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Phantoms Eric Wellwood Cuts Right Leg With Skate

Everyone around the NHL cringed after seeing Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson go down after having his Achilles tendon torn by the skate of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke back in February. 

Everyone is now cringing after seeing the bloody skate of that which belongs to Flyers forward Eric Wellwood. (Picture courtesy of Puck Daddy.)

In Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NY Islanders) of the AHL, Wellwood, playing with the Adirondack Phantoms, severely cut his right leg with his left skate. He left a trail of blood all the way from the ice to the locker room.

Teammate Danny Syvret tweeted out a picture of Wellwood’s bloody skate and the pictured made its rounds around the internet last night.

The accident occurred in the second period. Wellwood went awkwardly into the boards, cutting his lower right leg with his skate. 

No one really saw the play. There isn't any video of the incident anywhere online currently.

"I don't think anyone really saw it," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray this afternoon. "It was away from the play. In conversation, everyone figures it was an accident that happened to himself. The play was already in the offensive zone and this happened in the neutral zone, so we're not sure exactly what took place."

Phantoms beat writer Diana Nearhos writes:

The winger underwent surgery to assess and repair the vascular damage and will likely have another surgery Monday to repair damage to the tendons, according to head coach Terry Murray Sunday night.

It's safe to say that Wellwood's season is over with there being damage to the tendons in his ankle. It's a miracle he will be able to recover after the amount of blood he lost on Sunday.

The injury is similar to the one Karlsson suffered in the NHL. Being one of the NHL's top stars, Karlsson's injury brought about the discussion of protective socks made of Kevlar. 

"If there was a box of (cut-resistant socks) in the room tomorrow, everyone on the team would wear them," said defenseman Syvret today.

In 58 games with the Phantoms this year, Wellwood has nine goals and eight assists with a minus-4. He played four games with the Flyers this season, failing to register a point.

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