Penguins’ forward injured when puck strikes face

Penguins forward Jordan Staal left a stream of blood on the ice

after taking a puck to his face during the second period against

New Jersey on Monday night, but returned to play early in the third

period.

Staal was trying to get his stick on Devils defenseman Colin

White’s clearing pass from the Penguins’ zone when the puck

appeared to strike Staal on the bridge of his nose with about seven

minutes gone in the period.

Staal went down to his knees, blood quickly pooling on the

ice, before being helped off the ice.

Staal, who normally doesn’t wear a visor, returned with a

full face shield during a Penguins power play 1:59 into the third

period. Blood was still visible on Staal’s face.

Staal and Evgeni Malkin are tied for second on the Penguins

with 10 goals each.

The Penguins are not required by NHL rules to reveal details

of Staal’s injury.