Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23: Joni Pitkanen #25 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New Jersey Devils during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 23, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 1-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen left Tuesday night's game against Washington early with an apparent leg injury. Pitkanen was hurt with 1:57 left in the second period when he raced down the ice while trying to beat an icing call and collided with the Capitals' Troy Brouwer while hitting the boards. He writhed on the ice in obvious pain and was taken off on a stretcher with his hands covering his face. Pitkanen has one goal and eight assists in 22 games with the Hurricanes.
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