Stars’ Spezza out after going head-first into boards

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza has been placed on injured reserve after he went head-first into the boards and left a game against Colorado.

Spezza was injured in the second period Thursday night on a hit by Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin after scoring earlier in Dallas’ 4-3 overtime victory. He was placed on injured reserve Friday and there is no timetable for his return.

The 32-year-old is third on the Stars with 18 goals and tied for fourth with 40 points in 52 games. He is tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals.

The Stars called up forward Radek Faksa from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Friday. The 2012 first-round pick has 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 28 games for the Stars’ top affiliate.

Dallas plays host to Chicago on Friday night.