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Kronwall leaves game with leg injury

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Defense  - DET
Goals: 3 | Assists: 17 | Pts: -20

Shots: 48 | +/-: -11
DETROIT – The Red Wings were dealt a serious blow Saturday afternoon when veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall suffered what appeared to be a knee injury.

The 35-year-old Kronwall left the game against the New York Rangers midway through the second period after catching his left leg underneath goalie Petr Mrazek and falling backwards to the ice.

Kronwall, who was helped off the ice by teammates Brad Richards and Andreas Athanasiou, missed 15 games earlier this season after undergoing successful arthroscopic knee surgery.

He will not return to the game.

In his 12th NHL season, Kronwall is currently second among Wings’ defensemen with three goals and 20 points in 52 games.

Following the Red Wings' 3-2 overtime win, coach Jeff Blashill did not have any update on the defenseman's condition, only saying "I have no updates, no more than what's been said. He's going to be evaluated so we should have more in the morning."

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