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Carolina D Joni Pitkanen leaves Washington game early with apparent leg injury

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 9:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

RALEIGH, N.C. - Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen left Tuesday night's game against Washington early with an apparent leg injury.

Pitkanen was hurt with 1:57 left in the second period when he raced down the ice while trying to beat an icing call and collided with the Capitals' Troy Brouwer while hitting the boards.

He writhed on the ice in obvious pain and was taken off on a stretcher with his hands covering his face.

Pitkanen has one goal and eight assists in 22 games with the Hurricanes.

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday