Clitsome suffers eye injury but coach thinks he'll be OK

Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome got hit with a stick in the eye under his visor and had to leave the...

Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome got hit with a stick in the eye under his visor and had to leave the game Monday

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

WINNIPEG - NEW YORK — Given the circumstances, the news was probably as good as Grant Clitsome could hope for.

The Winnipeg Jets defenceman took a stick to the left eye in the first period of Monday’s 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers, but the injury could have been more serious.

“It’s day-to-day. We’re not sure where he’s at,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “It’s just swollen shut. I think he’s going to be okay. That’s what it looks like right now. We’re just trying to control the swelling and look further into it.”

Clitsome is unlikely to be available for Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders.

The play itself was somewhat bizarre, as Jets centre Alex Burmistrov was jostling with Rangers centre Brian Boyle, who threw Burmistrov’s stick aside and it ended up catching Clitsome underneath his visor.

That left the Jets to play with five blue-liners for the bulk of the game.


Videos

Photos