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Sabres centre Drury briefly leaves game after being struck in face by puck

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Sabres centre Chris Drury left Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday after being struck in the mouth by a shot with 10 minutes left in the third period, but returned two minutes into overtime.

Drury was standing in front of the Ottawa net while the Sabres had a two-man advantage when Tim Connolly let go a slap shot from the right point that hit Drury flush in the mouth, sending the co-captain to the ice with his mouth dripping blood.

Drury skated off the ice on his own while holding a towel to his mouth and went directly to the locker room. He returned with a deep gash below the bottom lip across the chin. When he got back to the bench, the sellout crowd erupted in cheers.

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