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Colorado's Kevin Shattenkirk, seen in a Nov. 17 game against San Jose, left the Avalanche's game against the Red Wings late in the second period Monday after taking a slapshot to the face. ((Doug Pensinger/Getty Images))

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk left the game late in the second period after taking a puck to the face in Monday night's game with the Detroit Red Wings.

Shattenkirk was hit above the right eyebrow on a slap shot by Detroit's Kris Draper with 2:08 left in the second period.

Shattenkirk remained on the ice for several minutes before skating off the ice with the help of a trainer and holding a towel over his face.

He went directly into the locker-room.