Patrick Eaves taken to hospital after being hit in ear

DETROIT — The mood in the locker room was tempered a bit after Patrick Eaves was taken off on a stretcher after being hit in the right ear with a puck off the stick of Nashville defenseman Roman Josi with 2:14 left in third period.

“Eaves took a shot directly in the ear,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Really scary play, I mean he’s too close to the guy to get hit in the ear. I don’t know (how it happened) the puck elevated obviously. The guy isn’t trying to shoot it that high from that close, so I don’t know what happened.”

Eaves, who was conscious when he was taken off, was bleeding from his right ear.

“We don’t know if the helmet helped out a little bit,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “He was moving, but of course he’s in a lot of pain. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”

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