ST. LOUIS - Few teams in the NHL suffered as many key injuries as the St. Louis Blues did during the regular season. Saturday night in a 3-1 loss to the L.A. Kings in Game 1 of the second round, the Blues may have taken their biggest hit yet.
Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues leader in ice time in both the regular season and playoffs, left with 1:13 to play in the second period after didn't return following a head first hit into the boards by the L.A. Kings' Dwight King.
King was assessed a two-minute boarding penalty on the play after checking the 22-year-old from behind. Pietrangelo hit chin-first into the boards and fell to the ice, eventually skating off under his own power as a stream of blood dripped from his chin.
The 6-3 Pietrangelo never returned for the third period and wasn't available for comment after the game. His status for Monday's Game 2 is up in the air with what coach Ken Hitchcock seemed to indicate was a possible concussion.
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