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Anaheim Ducks get a scare after Jonas Hiller gets hit in the head with a puck

Jonas Hiller

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, of Switzerland, reaches for the water bottle after giving up a goal to the Colorado Avalanche in the third period of the Ducks’ 4-2 victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


After starting the season about as cold as possible, the Anaheim Ducks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. The team is on a six-game winning streak right now, thanks in large part to their talented Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller, who won five of those six contests.

Right now, maintaining that winning streak isn’t Anaheim’s top concern, though.

Instead, the team is worried about the status of their big money goalie after Hiller took a shot to the facemask during the Ducks’ afternoon practice today. It’s unclear how severe the injury is or whether their workhorse netminder will be able to play in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Here is more from Anaheim’s official Web site.

After arriving in Chicago, where they will open a three-game road swing against the Blackhawks on Sunday night, the Ducks took to the ice, only to lose Hiller midway through practice when a shot from a teammate struck the goalie squarely on his facemask.

Hiller went down immediately, desperately shook the catching glove off his right hand and grabbed for his face. A nasty cut near Hiller’s eyebrows was the obvious damage.

After receiving immediate attention from head athletic trainer Tim Clark, Hiller was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for precautionary reasons and received four sutures. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated tomorrow morning.

As always, we will keep you updated on the injury status of Hiller and other players from around the NHL as news comes through.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)