KHL player 'fine', needs only stitches after taking skate blade to throat (Video)

There was an incredibly frightening scene during Sunday’s KHL game between Slovan and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk.

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Early in the third period, former long-time NHLer Ladislav Nagy ripped a shot and then fell over Yugra forward Vitaly Sitnikov’s stick. As Nagy fell, his skate came up and caught Sitnikov in the throat.

WARNING: It’s not pretty to watch and there is some blood.

Fortunately for Sitnikov, the immediate medical attention he received helped the incident from becoming a tragedy. It's amazing we don't see stuff like that in hockey on a regular basis.

According to Yugra head coach Pavel Yezovskikh, Nagy’s blade did not cut an artery and the damage to Sitnikov was minimal.

“Vitaly had the surgery and everything sewn up. Now everything is fine,” he said, via the team website.

UPDATE: According to Yugra team doctor Alexei Anisimov, there is no threat to Sitnikov's career from the injury and he will miss at least Tuesday's game.

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