Forward Blake Comeau is bloodied after taking a puck to the face on a fluke deflection. (Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)
The Dallas Stars were looking forward to this season after pushing the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues to the second overtime of Game 7 in the second round, then beefing up by adding Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry in the offseason.
They even brought in former President George W. Bush to read the opening lineup in the dressing room and drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff.
But the Stars were down two players before the midway point of their season opener at home against the Boston Bruins after a pair of fluke injuries.
Stars forward Blake Comeau left in the first period after being bloodied on a deflection.
The Bruins tried to make a pass in the Stars zone during a delayed penalty call, but defenseman Andrej Sekera got his stick in the way, sending the puck airborne.
Comeau was backchecking hard, and the puck struck him in the face.
Puck deflects directly into Blake Comeau’s face, immediately attended to by trainers and had to be helped off the ice. #GoStarspic.twitter.com/DNKCPEd1NK
He went down, and the Bruins immediately called for medical assistance. He tried to get up, but the blood was flowing from his face and he rolled onto his back while a trainer attended to him. He was helped to the dressing room.
Roman Polak being stretchered off after going hard into the corner boards pic.twitter.com/9olNQRUxER
During the second period, defenseman Roman Polak was trying to check Boston's Chris Wagner into the boards, but Wagner turned his body. Polak crashed into the boards.
The defenseman was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was being evaluated at the hospital.
"The good news is Roman has full use of his extremities," coach Jim Montgomery said in his postgame news conference. "We hear he's feeling pretty good at the hospital, but we don't have results yet. We're hopeful that he may be a player again after a couple days."
Montgomery said Comeau would be out multiple weeks with a lower-body injury – "He got hit in the face and he fell awkwardly and strained his lower body" – and forward Jason Dickinson suffered an upper-body injury when he was cross-checked and would miss a week.
The Stars lost 2-1 and will visit St. Louis on Saturday.
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