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NHL players seek to bolster protection in leg

Updated: February 27, 2013, 4:24 PM ET
Associated Press

Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson's season ended with one vicious slash of a skate blade across his left Achilles' tendon.

Karlsson hopped off the ice on one skate and went straight to the locker room, with a green light for the operating table.

Karlsson was flattened by Penguins forward Matt Cooke, and sliced by his skate blade as the two tangled along the boards. In a sport where brutal head shots and 100 mph pucks to the face often take headlines for leaving lasting injuries, the ...

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