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Red Wings' Miller aims to play after scary injury @NHL

DETROIT – Fear instantly filled Drew Miller's thoughts as a skate blade sliced through the right side of his face Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

"When it happened, my first reaction was, 'Oh my God, my eye is gone,'" Miller said, 17 hours after doctors needed 60 stitches to close two gruesome lacerations.

"It hit so hard … there was so much blood that I wasn't sure if it had clipped my eyeball or what had happened. I wasn't sure," Miller added. "I definitely feel very blessed that the skate didn't hit my eye. I was very lucky. Right now it's just dealing with the cut, the stitches and the soreness. Other than that my eye's good and I got on the ice today and felt pretty good."

Wearing a plastic guard below his visor, Miller skated onto the ice to stick taps from his teammates at practice Wednesday afternoon.

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