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Connor Bedard exits with injury early in Blackhawks’ 4-2 loss to Devils

NEWARK, N.J. — Rookie Connor Bedard left with an injury in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday and didn’t return.

With 9 minutes, 11 seconds left in the period, Brendan Smith slammed into Bedard in the Hawks’ offensive zone, and the rookie spun to the ice. Bedard skated off holding his glove to his face and headed into the tunnel.

At the beginning of the second period, the team issued a medical update on social media saying Bedard would miss the remainder of the game but didn’t offer details.

Hawks linemate Nick Foligno charged at Smith by the Devils’ net and wrestled him to the ice. A scrum ensued by the end wall as Foligno pinned Smith.

Smith was given a roughing penalty while Foligno was tagged with a double-minor for roughing.