Originally written on Holdout Sports  |  Last updated 3/30/12

During Thursday night's NHL game between the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild, Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert was very lucky not to be injured after a high stick by Panthers forward Kris Versteeg became stuck in Gilbert's earhole.



It happened in the third period just after a faceoff on the Wild end of the ice, and play was stopped as Gilbert went down on the ice to protect himself. The stick was jammed in front of Gilbert's face, and a linesman helped Gilbert take off his helmet to get the stick out.

The high stick by Versteeg was inadvertent, but after becoming lodged in Gilbert's helmet, the referees had no choice but to give Versteeg the penalty.

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