Skate cuts too close

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Andrew Cogliano didn't want to open his eye.

Having taken a skate in the face from Los Angeles Kings defenceman Rob Blake, the Edmonton Oilers rookie was afraid of what he might see - or worse what he might not see.

"I don't remember much, I just remember falling back," Cogliano said. "My visor was up obviously and I think he was just jumping over me and his skate came up and caught me.

"It was pretty scary I didn't want to open my eye, I just wanted to hold my hand over it."

Cogliano was sporting a pair of small cuts on his cheekbone.

Blakewas stepping over Cogliano when his back skate came up and caught him just under the eye. Cogliano was back in the lineup yesterday against the Anaheim Ducks.

"There wasn't a lot of blood, but for the most part it was a pretty scary incident," Cogliano said. "My head was tilted backwards and that's why his skate was able to get under my visor."

Cogliano, 20, went to the Oilers bench with a towel on his face to soak up the blood. He stayed on the bench and was out on the ice again a couple of shifts later.

"I saw that it was alright and I didn't think too much about it after that," he said.

Cogliano required about four stitches to close up the two cuts. It was the first time he's ever had an incident where he's taken a skate in the face.

"I been hit with a couple of sticks, but the skate was the scariest," he said. "He didn't catch me too good obviously or he probably would have cut me all the way up. It was kind of weird how he did cut me, it was just in a couple of spots."

Having played his college hockey for the University of Michigan, Cogliano always wore a full face shield before joining the Oilers.

Now in the NHL he wears a visor, which didn't help him much during the incident.

"I don't think it did anything it just went underneath," Cogliano said. "I think it was a situation where you couldn't do too much."


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