Koivu leaves game with eye injury, will consult specialist

Updated: April 27, 2006, 12:13 AM ET
Associated Press

Saku Koivu

MONTREAL -- Montreal captain Saku Koivu suffered an unspecified eye injury Wednesday night during the second period of the Canadiens' 2-1 overtime loss to Carolina.

Following the game, Canadiens GM-coach Bob Gainey said Koivu had suffered an eye injury, including a cut around his left eye, and that he will be re-examined Thursday -- if not sooner -- by team opthalmologist Dr. John Little.

"I really don't know any specifics and I wouldn't know how to explain it to you if I did," Gainey said. "When it's around the eye I think it's wise and prudent that all caution be taken."

Koivu, who wears a visor, was bleeding from a cut in the area of his left eye as he skated off the ice after he was clipped by Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams' stick while cutting past Carolina's net.

No penalty was called on the play.

Koivu had two assists in Montreal's two wins in Carolina and led the Canadiens with 45 during the regular season. He finished with 62 points, three behind team leader Alex Kovalev.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in Montreal.

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