All Dallas Stars fans who were watching Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Calgary Flames, and probably the coaching staff and management, felt their hearts leap into their throats when Jamie Benn left the ice putting no weight on his left leg after getting tangled up with Mark Giordano along the boards.
Replays showed an apparent skate cut to the back of his upper knee or hamstring, and he went immediately to the locker room. He also went into the boards a little awkwardly, leading to speculation about an ankle or knee injury. Even though Jordie Benn offered some reassuring Tweets, no one was going to rest easy until the official word came down.
And everyone around the team was able to breathe a little easier after the game when coach Glen Gulutzan announced the injury wasn't as serious as it could have been. Per the team's Twitter account:
"Fortunately, Benn just took a laceration from a skate. He's stitched up and is day-to-day. He'll miss Phoenix but could play Sunday."
That's very, very good news for a franchise that really struggled when Benn missed two weeks after an emergency appendectomy in January. Saturday's game at Phoenix is another critical contest, and it's a problem that he'll have to miss that one. But to possibly be back Sunday when the Stars play host to the Nashville Predators.
Breathe everyone. It's going to be okay.