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– Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom was helped from the ice early in the third period after he was struck in the face by a puck shot by a Montreal Canadiens player.

With the Red Wings leading 2-1 with 16:55 left in regulation of the preseason-opener at Joe Louis Arena, Lidstrom was struck by a puck fired from the point. He was helped to the Wings’ dressing room by trainer Piet Van Zant.

Lidstrom needed stitches to close a cut to his face. He later went to the Detroit Medical Center for tests.

"It's above his eye," Wing coach Mike Babcock said. "It had nothing to do with his eye, which obviously is the most positive news."

Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov scored the deciding goal in a 3-2 shootout loss for the Red Wings. The Canadiens improved to 2-1 in the preseason.

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