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Patrick Eaves leaves Stars game, won’t return

16 APR 2016: Dallas Stars right wing Patrick Eaves (18) during game 2 of the Stanley Cup Round 1 series between the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Dallas defeats Minnesota 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

The Dallas Stars already confirmed that forward Patrick Sharp won’t return to their game Thursday night – but now, forward Patrick Eaves won’t be returning, either.

Eaves, who boasts three assists through three games for the Stars so far this season, left the team’s game against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night after taking a puck to the foot off a shot from teammate Jamie Benn. It was confirmed he wouldn’t return during the third period.

This isn’t the first time that the 32-year-old forward has been the unfortunate recipient of a teammate’s shot. Last season, he spent time on the injured reserve list due to a concussion sustained when defenseman John Klingberg accidentally hit him in the head with a shot – and earlier on the same play, he was hit by another puck that didn’t force him off the ice.

Drafted 29th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2003, Eaves has spent time with the Stars, Senators, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, and Carolina Hurricanes.

Last season, he was good for 11 goals and 17 points, although he played in just 55 regular season games due to the aforementioned concussion. If he ends up out for significant time this season, that could hurt the team’s offensive depth – particularly if Sharp, who left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, ends up missing time as well.

The Stars entered the third period down 3-2 against the Los Angeles Kings.

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