Blues RW Chris Stewart struck in face by puck

The Associated PressJanuary 1, 2014
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A trainer tends to St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart (25) after Stewart took a puck to the face during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart left the game against the Minnesota Wild in the first period after being struck in the face by a puck on Tuesday.

Midway through the period on Tuesday, a shot by Minnesota forward Jason Pominville hit Stewart, who quickly crumbled to the ice. He skated off under his own power, holding a towel to his face and leaving a small pool of blood where he was. He didn't return to the game.

Stewart has 13 goals and 9 assists for the Blues, who were already playing without key scorers Alex Steen and David Backes.