Fowler scores first NHL goal, then leaves game.

The second period of Sunday’s game between the Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes was an eventful one for rookie defenseman Cam Fowler.

At 3:41, he wound up from the left point and buried his first NHL goal past Jason LaBarbera, who was screened in front by Ducks forward Corey Perry and teammate Sami Lepisto. Fowler, playing his sixth NHL game, had a predictably huge smile on his face as he was congratulated by teammates.

The smile didn’t last long. At 8:45 he burned through the Phoenix defense for a shot on goal and was going to have trouble holding up before crashing into the end boards anyway. However, Coyotes captain Shane Doan intercepted Fowler at the end of the rush to steer him away from the net, then steered Fowler into the end boards.

Fowler collapsed in a heap, blood dripping from his nose. He was slow to get up and received help from a trainer before leaving down the tunnel. Later in the period, the team announced that Fowler was still being evaluated in the locker room and would not return to the game.

More to come.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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