Yzerman helped from ice in second period

Updated: May 6, 2004, 2:49 PM ET

DETROIT -- Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman was hit in the face by a puck midway through the second period Saturday and needed help getting off the ice.

He did not return to the game, which Calgary won 1-0.

"He went to the hospital," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. "They're going to X-ray and take a look at the facial area where he got hit."

A shot by Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider ricocheted off someone in front of the Calgary net and hit Yzerman squarely in the face as he stood to the left of the net.

Yzerman, who doesn't wear a face shield, immediately dropped to the ice. He kicked his legs in pain as he was sprawled out.

After being down for a couple minutes, with the crowd watching in stunned silence, Yzerman was helped to the dressing room as a towel was held near his left eye.

The Red Wings fell behind 1-0 shortly after Yzerman was injured. The best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series was tied 2-2 entering Saturday's Game 5.

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