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Hurricanes captain Staal leaves game with injury

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 11:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal left the game Saturday night against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Staal left the ice in the second period after playing 11 shifts and seeing 9:48 of ice time.

Staal had five points (one goal) in the previous two games.

It is unknown if he will be able to play Sunday against the Nashville Predators. He has missed one game over the past three seasons.

"He'll get assessed tonight and see if he's ready to go tomorrow," coach Kirk Muller said.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday