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Curtis McKenzie update

Stars forward has deep gash near his eye but no apparent permanent eye damage after getting hit with high stick in Boston game

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

There was encouraging news Friday on Stars forward Curtis McKenzie, who took a high stick near his eye in Thursday's game at Boston.

"He has a deep gash around his eye, but right now it doesn't look like there is any permanent eye damage," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "But they will know more once the swelling goes down."

McKenzie was injured in the third period when the stick of Boston defenseman Kevan Miller went up under the Dallas forward's face shield during a faceoff. McKenzie left the ice bleeding badly and was taken to a Boston-area hospital where doctors closed the gash.

McKenzie spent Thursday night in Boston and on Friday he was flying back to Dallas, where he will be evaluated by doctors.

"He'll get checked every day by the doctors, but so far they see no damage to the eye," Nill said. "It's as good as news as you can have."

Nill said there will be no activity for McKenzie for the next five days and whether or not he will play again this season is up in the air with the Stars having just a little more than a week remaining in the season.

"No activity for the next five days and then we'll go from there," Nill said. "There's not a lot of time left here. We'll play it by ear. We'll see if he plays again [this season] or not."

Nill also said that forward Ales Hemsky is day to day with a hip injury. Hemsky left Thursday's game early in the third period and did not return.

With McKenzie and Hemsky injured, the Stars recalled forwards Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling from the Texas Stars of the AHL late Friday afternoon.

Smith has 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 50 games with Texas. He's played 12 games with Dallas this season, registering three points (two goals, one assist).

Dowling has 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 49 games for Texas and has played five games with Dallas this season, registering two assists.

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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