Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk is recovering from a self-inflicted shotgun wound.

Malarchuk, 47, inadvertently shot himself in the chin with a .22 calibre rifle during a rabbit hunt Tuesday in Minden, Nev.

His wife, Christy, told police that the rifle discharged when he placed the butt on the ground between his legs.

Malarchuk was flown by helicopter to a Reno hospital, where he was treated for the injury.

Malarchuk, from Grande Prairie, Alta., tended goal for 10 seasons in the NHL, posting a 141-130-45 mark with a 3.47 goals-against average and 12 shutouts for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres.

He is best known for having his throat slashed by the skate blade of St. Louis Blues forward Steve Tuttle in a game at Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium on March 22, 1989.

Tuttle collided in the crease with Sabres defenceman Uwe Krupp and tumbled into Malarchuk, accidentally severing his jugular vein and carotid artery.

Malarchuk needed 300 stitches to close the wound, but he spent only one night in hospital and returned to the team in just four days.

With files from the Associated Press