Ottawa's leading scorer gets nine stitches

Updated: February 6, 2004, 1:40 AM ET news services

OTTAWA -- Marian Hossa won't make his third All-Star Game appearance after all.

Marian Hossa

The Ottawa Senators right wing pulled himself out of the All-Star Game after suffering a cut above the eye Thursday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Selected as a reserve on the Eastern Conference team for this Sunday's star-studded event, Hossa suffered a facial laceration early in the first period. He was helped off the ice and did not return.

Just 3:01 into the game, Toronto defenseman Ken Klee attempted to shoot the puck into the Senators' zone. The shot struck Hossa in the face, causing the Czech Republic native to fall to the ice and bleed profusely.

The cut required nine stitches.

Hossa, who managed to record one shot on goal in the 43 seconds he played, leads the Senators in scoring with 34 assists and 57 points in 53 games.

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.