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by George Malik on 11/27/11 at 02:59 AM ET
Updated at 1:15 AM with player reaction: From the Red Wings’ PR department…
INJURY UPDATE FOR PATRICK EAVES
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves suffered a fractured jaw when he was struck by a puck during the third period of the Red Wings 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday (11/26) evening at Joe Louis Arena. Eaves was transported to the Detroit Medical Center where he will remain overnight. Further evaluation will take place over the next several days to determine if surgery is required. No timetable has been set for Eaves’ return to the lineup.
Oh boy…And if you haven’t seen it, here’s what happened:
The Associated Press, NHL.com’s Brian Hedger, MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Free Press’s Helene St. James, DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose, the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness and the Detroit News’s Chris McCosky all captured reaction from the Red Wings and Predators’ locker rooms:
“We don’t know how much the helmet helped,” said Henrik Zetterberg. “He was moving but obviously he was in a lot of pain.”
Eaves was to be held overnight for observation.
“It was a really scary play,” Babcock said. “He was too close to the guy to get hit in the ear. Obviously the puck escalated. He wasn’t trying to shoot it that high from that close.”
The shot came from rookie Roman Josi, playing in his first NHL game.
“I just wanted to one-time it and get it to the net,” Josi said. “It’s too bad I hit him. I hope he’s all right. You don’t want to see a player go down and be taken off on a stretcher. I felt bad. I said that to him and he said it’s all right and he’s going to be fine. That was good he stood up alone and got on the stretcher.”
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