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Former Blue Pronger Takes Stick To Face

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Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers falls to the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Getty/Bruce Bennett)

Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers falls to the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Getty/Bruce Bennett)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger left the game after taking a vicious stick to the face, leaving the Flyers concerned over the health of their captain after a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL on Monday.

Pronger and Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski sprinted for a loose puck in the circle after a rebound. Grabovski slapped at the puck, but his stick connected with Pronger’s and the blade shot straight up into the defenseman’s face.

Pronger screamed in agony and instantly clutched his face. Hunched over, he skated straight to the bench, his hands over his eyes, and went to the dressing room with 8:02 left in the first period.

Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell each scored their first two goals of the season for the Flyers.

Copyright Associated Press

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