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Vokoun hospitalized after accidental hit

Updated: December 2, 2009, 7:49 PM ET
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MIAMI -- Florida coach Pete DeBoer was jotting down a note, then he looked up and saw Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun sprawled out on the Atlanta ice, writhing in pain.

"I really didn't understand what happened," DeBoer said Tuesday.

Florida defenseman Keith Ballard had accidently whacked Vokoun with his stick, cutting the goalie's ear during an act of frustration after Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk scored. Ballard was aiming for the goal, but instead got a piece of Vokoun's head.

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