ANAHEIM, Calif. - Anaheim Ducks defenceman James Wisniewski will remain in an Orange County hospital for a second night after getting hit in the chest by a puck but is expected to be released Thursday morning.
Wisniewski was hit in the chest by Pavel Datsyuk's slapshot during the second period of Tuesday's playoff game against Detroit. He continued to skate but ultimately fell to his hands and knees while coughing blood as play stopped.
After several minutes Wisniewski was taken to a hospital where it was determined he has a bruised lung. As a standard medical precaution, Wisniewski will continued to be evaluated overnight.
"He is stable, he'll stay for a 36-hour time frame which is precautionary," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It's just a situation where he's resting in the hospital."
Carlyle added there was no immediate estimate as to when Wisniewski could resume playing.
Fellow Anaheim defenceman Ryan Whitney was able to speak with Wisniewski on the phone Tuesday night.
"He seems to be in good spirits, it was pretty good news," said Whitney. "I don't think it's anything too serious, but it's pretty scary there when he's coughing up blood."
The Ducks were leading the contest 2-0 at the time of the injury and held on for a 2-1 victory and a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 is Thursday.