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Nathan Mackinnon leaves game after taking stick to eye

Scary moment for Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon on Friday night when he had to leave their 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the first period after getting hit in the eye with a stick.

The incident happened late in the first period with the Avalanche on the power play.

During a scramble around the net, Ducks center Derek Grant seemed to attempt a stick-lift on MacKinnon, missed, and managed to get the blade of his stick under MacKinnon’s visor.

There was no penalty assessed on the play.

You can see the play in the video above.

MacKinnon left the game and did not return. The Avalanche have yet to offer an update on his status.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.