It's important to keep your head during heated playoff battles—but if this skate blade had come any higher it would have sliced Adam Burish's noggin clean off. (Gruesome video ahead.)

The Blackhawks lost Game One of the Western Conference Finals yesterday, but Burish's head is still attached to the rest of his body so I guess he has that going for him. Teammate Ben Eager got tangled up with a Red Wing player in the second period and his foot—you know the one with the freshly sharpened blade of steely death attached to it?—came flying up over his head, slicing Burish in the neck. Don't worry, it was only ... *sweet jeebus how is he still alive?!!!?* ... a scratch.

And there go my Cheerios....

Chicago's Adam Burish escapes tragedy [Detroit News]