You’ll be excused if you didn’t tune in to last night’s Western Conference basement battle between the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche. There’s two things that stood out in this Wednesday night contest: 1. the youthful Oilers pummeled the recently remodeled Avalanche by a score of 5-1, and 2. there was an inordinate amount of blood spilled by accident.

The first hemoglobin-soaked mishap took place just over four minutes into the first period when Taylor Hall’s skate came up and clipped Ryan O’Byrne in the cheek, slicing him open. O’Byrne would keep playing until heading to the bench before being taken to hospital for repairs. Here’s the clip – warning: there’s blood:

The carnage didn’t stop there; Cody McLeod caught an errant high stick from his Colorado teammate Phillipe Dupuis just minutes after the O’Bynre incident. McLeod quickly made his way to the bench, leaving a trail of blood splatter in his wake:

Can anyone stop the bleeding in Colorado?