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Street should make full recovery after scary incident

Forward took skate to the neck in preseason game against Toronto

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - Red Wings forward Ben Street probably feels extremely fortunate this morning.

In Friday night's game in Hamilton, Ontario, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Street took a Justin Holl skate to his neck.

The medical personnel sprang into action and Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Street is doing fine.

"They explored the wound," Blashill said. "There was no major damage. He was taken to hospital last night to make sure. He was released from the hospital last night and he is on his way home."

Blashill said Street, was also fortunate in that the skate did not hit any major arteries or veins and Street should recover fully.

Blashill was impressed with Street's calm demeanor right after it happened.

"He had unreal composure. He had his hand on his neck. I looked up and saw the replay and that's when I really got scared. I was hoping everything was OK. But we got word pretty quick that it looked like it was going to be just fine."

Blashill said he had been through a somewhat similar experience when he was playing.

"When I was playing junior, I had a really good friend of mine cut right through his arm, he came to the bench squirting blood," Blashill said. "That was real, real scary but not the neck area like that. So obviously it's even scarier when it's that."

Street signed a one-year deal with the Wings July 1 and is expected to play with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Blashill said the entire Wings organization is very grateful for the happy outcome.

"We would like to thank the Toronto doctors," Blashilll said. "They did an outstanding job. Our medical staff couldn't say enough good things about them. He is going to be just fine."

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