It had to be rough for the show to go on but the teams did finish the game with Jaques Cloutier stepping in between the pipes for Malarchuk. The Sabres would go on to lose the contest 2-1 but I'm sure they knew that they were lucky that a life hadn't been lost with this freak accident. I could only imagine the sick feeling that both teams had after witnessing such a horrible thing. Malarchuk made a full recovery and just four days after the accident he returned to practice and a week after that he returned to the ice against the Quebec Nordiques. Some of the different doctors he had spoken to told him to take the rest of the season off, it was something he didn't even consider. Malarchuk was between the pipes in the playoffs for the Sabres but his team was knocked out in the first round by the Boston Bruins. Even with an early exit from the playoffs he knew he was lucky to be there.
The video of the incident is very graphic and not for the faint of heart. It literally gives me chills when I watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-wA4SmbO4
Here is an interview with Clint one week after the injury: