Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/27/11
DETROIT -- The Red Wings have had some really bad luck with blocked shots this season. On Saturday night, it was Patrick Eaves' turn. With the Nashville Predators on a power play and trailing 4-1 late in the third period, rookie defenseman Roman Josi took a shot from the blue line. The puck rose and appeared to hit Eaves squarely in his right ear. Eaves immediately fell to the ice and flopped on his back. Trainer Piet Van Zant and team doctors rushed to his side, along with captain Nick Lidstrom. "He was cut either around his ear or in the ear," Lidstrom said. "And he was in a lot of pain when he was down there. He went to the hospital right away to get a check-up, see what really happened to him." The Wings public relations department released a statement shortly before midnight Saturday saying that Eaves suffered a fractured jaw and would remain at the Detroit Medical Center overnight. The statement said Eaves would undergo further evaluation in the next several days to determine if he will need surgery. "Really scary play," coach Mike Babcock said. "He was too close to the guy to get hit in the ear. I don't know how the puck elevated. Obviously the guy's not trying to shoot it that high from that close. I don't know what happened." The injury comes just two weeks after defenseman Ian White fractured his cheekbone by diving face-first in front of a puck to prevent a goal against the Dallas Stars, causing him to miss the recent four-game road trip. Josi, playing in his first NHL game, was shaken by the incident. "I just wanted to one-time it and get it to the net," Josi said. "It's too bad I hit him. I hope he's alright and he's going to be fine." Josi even went over to check on Eaves as he was taken off on a stretcher. "You don't want to see a player go down and be taken off on a stretcher," Josi said. "I felt bad. I said that to him and he said it's alright and he's going to be fine. That was good he stood up alone and got on the stretcher." It was Eaves' first game since Nov. 15 at St. Louis. He tied with Danny Cleary for the team high with five shots against the Predators. Valtteri Filppula, who had two goals in the 4-1 victory, also kills penalties and said it was a scary thing to witness. "Yeah, I saw him get hit, not exactly where it hit, but its terrible," Filppula said. "Hopefully its nothing too serious and he can join us soon. Obviously those are always scary things and he blocks a lot of shots and sacrifices, so gotta hope that hes OK." Last season Wings defenseman Brad Stuart suffered a broken jaw when he was blindsided by Calgary's Tom Kostopoulos and was out six weeks. But the Wings' statement said there was no timetable for Eaves' return to the lineup.
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