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Why isn't Zack limping?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

The way Zack Stortini fell to the ice, you'd have sworn that he and his leg arrived at the hospital in two separate ambulances.

He should be in bed, one limb in traction and another hooked to a morphine drip.

He should be looking at season-ending, if not career- ending, surgery.

STROLLING

But there he was, strolling around the Edmonton Oilers dressing room yesterday like nothing happened.

No cast. No crutches.

Not even a decent limp.

Nobody knows why he wasn't seriously injured when his leg caught a rut, buckled under him and folded sideways at the knee when he and Brad Staubitz fell on it at the end of their Friday night fight.

But he wasn't.

"Pretty fortunate," said the 23-year-old winger.

"As soon as it happened, I felt it right away. It was one of the worst feelings I've ever had."

It was a grotesque sight that had people everywhere cringing at the replays.

Trevor Nickerson, the radio engineer travelling with the St. Louis Blues, saw the highlight while he was working the Vancouver-St. Louis game and actually passed out.

He's fine, but the radio broadcast went to dead air for five minutes while the play-by-play and colour guys tracked down the paramedics.

"I don't know (why he's virtually unscathed)," said Stortini.

JOKING

"I've been called medical miracle, or Gumby, or Rubberman. There's a lot of joking around now that we know that it isn't very serious. I'm pretty fortunate.

"It could have been a lot worse.

"The medical staff was very clear that it could have been a lot worse than it was. I'm very fortunate to be in the situation that I am now."

He doesn't expect to be out long.

"It's feeling a lot better every day and hopefully I'll be back as soon as I can."


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