November 30, 2009
An off-the-TV clip is also on YouTube. Vokoun was taken off the ice on a stretcher, suffering through obvious pain. The Associated Press reports, via a Panthers spokesman, that the goalie "had a laceration to his ear but was alert when he was placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital."
If you feel like you've seen a less severe version of this scenario play out before, congratulations: Your memory stretches all the way back to May 2009, when Slovakian winger Tomas Surovy ka-bonged teammate and Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak's(notes) head after their team surrendered the eighth goal in a 8-0 loss to the Czech Republic at the world championships.
Of course, there's a world of difference between an aggressive tap on the top of the mask and Ballard's wallop to the side of Vokoun's head. Stretchers have a way of sucking the funny out of these situations.
Thanks to Jeffler for the video.