Oilers walking wounded

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Anson Carter wasn't in the mood for talking yesterday, a day after being knocked out of his first preseason game with a concussion.

"Not today guys, sorry," Carter told the media.

He's understandably down, having played three shifts before Wade Belak's hard check ended his evening, along with his Oilers audition, at least for now.

"It's unfortunate that it happened," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "It's a setback for Anson, but there's nothing we can do but see how much time we need to throw at it in terms of getting him healthy, firstly, and maybe being in a position as camp progresses to continue to play.

"It's not great timing for him, that's for sure, but these things happen. You have to deal with the circumstances."

ROY'S HURTIN' TOO

Mathieu Roy's night wasn't much better than Carter's - he had to be helped off the ice after a Jeremy Williams shot between the eyes cut him wide open. His swollen forehead looks like it should be carving dinosaur pictures on a cave wall, but at least he can play. He was out there practising yesterday and will accompany the team to Vancouver for tonight's game with the Canucks.

"I heard the guy from Toronto yell at the ref, 'stop the play,' " said Roy, who needed 14 stitches to close the wound. "I couldn't see anything because my arms were around my face and it was dark. Then I lifted myself up and saw blood leaking from my forehead. I was kind of a little worried, but at least I could see."

Roy had concussion problems last season, so he was a little concerned about that, too.

"I had a headache (Tuesday) night, but that was probably from the impact. I feel fine now."

Roy is wearing a visor for now, whether he keeps it long term is another story.

"We'll see. I've been unlucky with sticks in the head and pucks in the face the last couple of months."

Marc Pouliot also needed 14 stitches to close the cut on his mouth after being clipped by Andrew Cogliano's stick.

Jarret Stoll, meanwhile, was wearing a visor in camp and took it off for his first preseason game of the year.

"I feel more into it without one," he said. "I tried it, I wanted to give it a good shot, but I don't think I'll be wearing one."

BLOODSTAINED ICE

Even after all the Oilers bloodstains on the ice Tuesday?

"You can get hit by a car walking across the street, you can get hurt a lot of different ways," he shrugged. "If you're thinking the game like that, if you think life is like that, you're bound to get (hurt by) something. You just have to protect yourself out there. But it was one of those games where things we flying and people were bleeding all over the place."


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