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Ducks' Cam Fowler has a broken nose but probable for Wednesday


The Ducks said Monday that rookie defenseman Cam Fowler has a broken nose as the result of being hit face-first into the end boards (see video above) Sunday by Phoenix forward Shane Doan, but Fowler is expected to accompany the team on its upcoming four-game trip and is probable for Wednesday's game at Columbus.

Doan was not penalized for that hit, which occurred during the second period of the Ducks' 3-2 victory at the Honda Center. However, Doan reportedly has been suspended three games for a blind-side, neutral-zone hit on Ducks forward Dan Sexton in the third period of Sunday's game after Sexton had released a pass (see video below). The hit was a split-second late, and Sexton landed hard but returned to play a regular shift.

Fowler, 18, scored his first NHL goal early in the second period Sunday and was on the rush when


Doan -- the third defender he tried to dodge -- took him into the boards. Fowler, who wears a visor, was dazed for several seconds and was bleeding. He did not return to the game. No penalty was called.

The Doan hit on Sexton wasn't penalized by referees Brad Watson and Gord Dwyer, but the league has the right to review plays and impose supplementary discipline. This one falls under the new Rule 48-Illegal Check to the Head, as part of the league's crackdown on blows to the head. Rule 48.1 states: "A lateral or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact is not permitted."

Also, the Ducks have waived defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. If he clears waivers by 9 a.m. PDT Tuesday, he can be assigned to their American Hockey League farm team in Syracuse, N.Y.

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-- Helene Elliott

Ducks edge Coyotes, 3-2


Corey Perry's redirection of a pass from Ryan Getzlaf proved the difference as the Ducks held off a late push by the Phoenix Coyotes and held on for a 3-2 victory Sunday at the Honda Center.

Bobby Ryan earned his third assist of the game after he was knocked down behind his own net and managed to get up and feed a pass to Getzlaf. The Ducks' captain skated up the left side and held the puck before timing a pass to Perry, who redirected it past Jason LaBarbera at 14:23 of the third period.

The Ducks had led, 2-0, after two periods but Phoenix pulled even on goals by Scottie Upshall and Eric Belanger and jammed the net in the final seconds in a desperate attempt to score again. Jonas Hiller made 36 saves in net for the Ducks.

Getzlaf had two assists and Perry had a goal and an assist. The Ducks (2-3-1) finished the game without rookie defenseman Cam Fowler, who suffered facial cuts and a possible broken nose in the second period.

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--Helene Elliott

Photo: Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan and center Ryan Getzlaf (middle) celebrate a goal by defenseman Toni Lydman in the second period Sunday. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Associated Press

Ducks rookie Cam Fowler injured, won't return to game

Camfowler_300 Rookie defenseman Cam Fowler, who has been the Ducks' best defenseman and probably best player overall this season, left their game against Phoenix on Sunday during the second period after suffering an apparent nose or facial injury. The team said he would not return to the game.

Fowler, 18, had scored his first NHL goal and had just completed a rush that almost resulted in another goal when he was hit into the boards behind the Coyotes' net by Phoenix forward Shane Doan. Fowler hit the boards awkwardly -- his helmet came off from the impact -- and was stunned for several moments.  Play was stopped at 8:45 to allow medical personnel to help him on the ice at the Honda Center.

No penalty was called on the play, and none was warranted.

Fowler was able to leave under own power and was examined in the Ducks' locker room. As the period wore on, a team spokesman said Fowler would not play again Sunday.

Through two periods the Ducks held a 2-0 lead. Toni Lydman scored his second goal in two games as a Duck when he took a backhand pass through the slot from Bobby Ryan and beat goaltender Jason LaBarbera from the left side at 9:44.

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--Helene Elliott

Photo: Ducks rookie Cam Fowler (center) goes off the ice with teammate Paul Mara and a trainer after sustaining a facial injury on Sunday. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images


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