Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar left Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in the first minute of the third period after he was hit in the face with a puck and missed about nine minutes of play before returning.
Kopitar was struck on the left side of his face 42 seconds into the period on a shot by Dustin Brown that deflected off the stick of San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. Kopitar was down on the ice before being helped to the dressing room using a towel to control the blood flow.
He drew cheers from the full house at Staples Center when he returned with 10:29 remaining.
The King started the game without forward Jarret Stoll, who was injured during Game 1, which was won by the Kings 2-0.
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter