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Adam Larsson took a stick in a very uncomfortable place

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: Fourth overall pick Adam Larsson by the New Jersey Devils poses for a photo portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Devils rookie Adam Larsson is finding out the hard way that life in the NHL is a little different than playing in the Swedish Elite League. Case in point, during the second period of the Devils’ 4-2 win over Carolina, Larsson was doubled over in pain after a run-in with Carolina captain Eric Staal.

The hit wasn’t a bodycheck or a shoulder to the head or even an elbow in the teeth. Instead, Larsson was hit in a very uncomfortable place by Staal and, no, we’re not talking about the back of a Volkswagen.’s Dave Lozo tweeted Larsson’s report on why he looked injured in the second period:

""I got a stick in the hurt.”

Yup, that’ll do it all right. Hang on, there’s got to be a bag of sympathy ice around here someplace.