Pens' Staal bloodied by puck to face
PITTSBURGH -- Penguins forward Jordan Staal left a stream of blood on the ice after taking a puck to his face during the second period against New Jersey on Monday night, but returned to play early in the third period.
Staal was trying to get his stick on Devils defenseman Colin White's clearing pass from the Penguins' zone when the puck appeared to strike Staal on the bridge of his nose. Staal, who doesn't wear a visor, went down to his knees, blood quickly pooling on the ice, before being helped off the ice.
Staal, who normally doesn't wear a visor, returned with a full face shield during a Penguins power play 1:59 into the third period. Blood was still visible on Staal's face.
Staal and Evgeni Malkin are tied for second on the Penguins with 10 goals each.
The Penguins are not required by NHL rules to reveal details of Staal's injury.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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