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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leaves Barons' game early with injury

By Mike Baldwin Published: October 26, 2012

Barons center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, left Friday night's game against Houston early in the second period after he took a stick to the mouth.

“Nuge had some of his teeth pushed back. He (left) to get some dental work done,” said coach Todd Nelson. “We don't have an update quite yet.”

Nugent-Hopkins' status is uncertain for Sunday afternoon's game against the Texas Stars.


If Friday's game is any indication, a 12-game series with Houston could be heated all season. With just over 13 minutes left Friday night, the Barons' Dane Byers and Colten Teubert and Houston's Drew Bagnall were given game misconduct penalties following a fight.

OKC's Tanner House and Houston's Joel Broda were whistled for 5-minute fighting penalties in the second period.

The two teams combined for six fighting penalties and 93 penalty minutes.

“It kind of seemed like a playoff game blown over,” said House, who scored his first goal. “We've played them so much we know them a lot. ... These are the kind of games you can expect, probably a little tighter defense.”

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