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At the Rink blog

Burns feels terrible for Blake

Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 5:29 PM

By Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Burns feels terrible for Blake
During Friday night's game, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns accidentally sliced the left forearm of Anaheim's Jason Blake with his skate. The Ducks said Saturday that Blake will undergo surgery Monday to repair severed tendons and will need three months to recover.

"You feel bad," Burns said. "You never want to have that happen. I rushed out and saw him just before he went in the ambulance. As I'm walking back, he's got his family there with his kids. You never want that."

Burns said initially he didn't realize he had injured Blake.

"It was a weird, freak play," Burns said. "The battle on the faceoff. I didn't really know he fell right away. He was kind of behind me. The puck was kind of there. I was trying to kick the puck up. I think he was trying to get the puck. It was just a battle. I didn't really know he was on the ground. I was trying to kick it up."

McLellan said it "wasn't a pretty site" with Blake on the ice, bleeding.

"We talk a lot about protecting players and making the environment safe for them. That's probably one area that we've got to talk about," McLellan said. "The skates are so sharp. The physicality of the game, the intensity of it, guys are on the ice an awful lot. We all hope that Jason's OK."
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