On Friday night while playing for the Albany Devils, Mattias Tedenby was cut in the face by Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Brandon Manning. Tedenby skated to the net in the third period of Friday’s game and collided with Phantom goaltender Scott Munroe. In the course of the scramble for the puck in front, Tedenby was accidentally cut by Manning’s skate as Manning fell to the ice and his leg naturally flailed upward. Mattias was transported to the hospital immediately, and was accompanied by Albany’s General Manager Chris Lamoriello. It is not known how many stitches Tedenby received, but many reports say that over one hundred stitches were necessary. Thankfully, the cut did not extend to his neck and carotid arteries. Mattias is expected to be released from the hospital later today, and there is no time table for his return to the Albany Devils.
This injury adds to Tedenby’s recent bad luck. After playing the first four games for the New Jersey Devils, he was sent down to Albany because a hip injury suffered in the NHL opener was limiting his play. Returning to Albany, Tedenby sat out for two weeks to nurse his injury. Friday’s game was Tedenby’s first game back from this hip injury. Adding insult to injury, Tedenby was assessed a goaltender interference penalty after being cut in the face. The last month has not been friendly to Mattias Tedenby.
On a lighter note, fellow Swede Johan Hedberg added his thoughts after Tedenby told him he would be fine. “Good thing he has a girlfriend already.”