Erik Karlsson’s Achilles tendon sliced by Matt Cooke’s skate

Photo courtesy of Deadspin.

If you’re squirming in your seat after reading that title, don’t worry, so are we.

The Washington Senators and Pittsburgh Pirates squared off for a normal Wednesday night contest, but for one player, the night didn’t end like a typical hockey game.

Erik Karlsson of the Senators was battling for a puck when he slid into the wall with the Penguins’ Matt Cooke hot on his trail. Cooke’s skate would slide into the back of Karlsson’s Achilles tendon and right through it as the players stopped themselves.

Super painful, as one can see from the above photo, courtesy of Deadspin.

Here’s a video of the incident (via SB Nation)…