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Via Abel To Yzerman, here's the play where Mike Modano(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings was cut on the wrist by the skate of RJ Umberger(notes) of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Modano wears No. 90; you can see the incident about five seconds in:

Modano, 40, underwent surgery this morning for a severed tendon and slight damage to a nerve, and is out indefinitely. From the Detroit Free Press:

"It's a real fluke injury," general manager Ken Holland said. "He was defending in our zone, stumbled and lost his balance, and got the skate inside the glove. He got a severed tendon and some slight damage to a nerve. It was significant damage.

"He had surgery this morning. Doctor won't give us a timetable - wants to see how it heals. Surgery went well, but we have no real idea how long he'll be out. I don't even want to speculate. We hope he'll be back this season, but we don't have anything to base that on. It's a significant injury."

Here's how Coach Mike Babcock saw it:

"They were on the wall, they're playing, Umberger is coming this way and (a skate) comes up and his hand is out and it just got him," Babcock said. "It's actually amazing that this doesn't happen more often."

Amazing, yeah; but also very, very fortunate it doesn't happen more often. When Holland starts throwing out phrases like "we hope he'll be back this season" ... well, you just hope this isn't how an NHL legend ends.

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