Lindros has scratched cornea

Updated: November 13, 2003, 10:33 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Rangers forward Eric Lindros left Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh with an eye injury after he was struck by a high stick.

It was the second injury of the first period, as Penguins leading scorer Rico Fata was forced to leave with a hamstring injury.

Lindros went into the left corner in the Pittsburgh zone just over six minutes into the game, and was met there by Penguins defenseman Josef Melichar, who got his stick into Lindros' face.

Lindros was down for a few moments but skated off shortly after. As he went to the dressing room he was dabbing his face with a towel. He has a scratched left cornea and was scheduled to be re-evaluated on Thursday.

He was playing just his third game since returning from a sprained muscle in his chest that forced him to miss seven games.

Lindros was also directly involved in an injury that knocked Fata from the game just 2:18 in.

Right off a faceoff, Fata turned and made contact with Lindros and went down to the ice.

Fata received attention from team trainers for several minutes before being helped off, favoring his left leg.

Fata was dealt to Pittsburgh by the Rangers last season in the trade that brought Alex Kovalev back to New York.

Kovalev was the Penguins' second-leading scorer when he was traded last season for Fata, who entered this season with only seven goals and 13 assists in 100 NHL games.

But the tides have turned this season, as Fata broke out with seven goals and four assists in Pittsburgh's first 13 games. Kovalev had just two goals and seven assists in 14 games.

Fata is even outscoring injured player-owner Mario Lemieux, who has one goal and eight assists in 10 games.

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