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Devils' Kostopoulos injured during fight

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 7:56 PM / News

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Devils' Kostopoulos injured during fight

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos was forced to the dressing room on Monday after apparently suffering a facial injury against the New York Islanders with 8:38 remaining in the first period at Prudential Center.

Kostopoulos engaged in a fight with Islanders forward Matt Martin in the neutral zone and was knocked to the ice after taking a right hand to the jaw. Kostopoulos was sticking up for teammate Stephen Gionta, who had just been hit hard by Martin just seconds earlier before the two players squared off.

Martin's first punch struck the helmet before his second landed to the chin of Kostopoulos, who immediately crumpled to the ice. Martin waved on the Devils' trainers at that point, sensing that the Devils' player was injured. Kostopoulos is questionable to return to the game. The Islanders hold a 2-0 lead on goals by Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic.

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