Brutal high stick breaks Oilers' Gagner's jaw

Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner is tended too after getting hit in the face by Vancouver Canucks...

Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner is tended too after getting hit in the face by Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian during pre-season action at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Sept. 21, 2013. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:39 PM ET

EDMONTON - Everybody knows it ainít over till itís over, but is there any chance, Mr. Berra, that something can be over before it even begins?

Like a hockey season, for instance?

Itís a question many Edmonton Oilers fans are asking themselves after learning their favourite team will be without its first and second line centres for the first month of the season.

Already down Ryan Nugent-Hopkins until Nov. 1 as he recovers from shoulder surgery, the hard-luck Oilers are now without Sam Gagner, whoís out indefinitely with a broken jaw.

Gagner also lost several teeth after being hit in the face by Zack Kassianís stick in the second period of Edmontonís pre-season game with Vancouver Saturday.

ďItís a huge loss for us,Ē said veteran winger Ryan Smyth. ďLosing Nuge and Sam, those are two big offensive guys who carry a lot of load. Those are big holes to fill.

ďItís just a matter of fighting through it. Thatís what makes teams successful, fighting through adversity.Ē

The Oilers arenít convinced that the incident, Kassianís one-handed swing across Gagnerís face was entirely accidental.


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