Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leaves Barons' game early with injury

by Michael 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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by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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