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James Wisniewski kneels on the ice after he took a slapshot in the chest and was elbowed in the face Tuesday in Game 3 of the Ducks' Western Conference semifinal against the Red Wings. ((Mark Avery/Canadian Press))

Anaheim Ducks defenceman James Wisniewski was released from hospital Wednesday after suffering a bruised lung in his team's victory over Detroit on Tuesday.

Anaheim had announced earlier Wednesday that he would stay in hospital a second night for observation, but Wisniewski's condition improved faster than expected.

Wisniewski left Tuesday night's game on a stretcher in the second period, after he took a slapshot to the chest from Detroit Red Wings sniper Pavel Datsyuk.

While he was reeling from the shot, the veteran defender was elbowed in the face by Tomas Holmstrom and fell to the ice. 

Wisniewski spat up blood as he kneeled on the ice. He was later transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange County, Calif., where doctors diagnosed a lung contusion, which is a bruised lung.

Anaheim defenceman Ryan Whitney spoke with Wisniewski by phone on Tuesday night.

"He seems to be in good spirits," Whitney said. "It was pretty good news. I don't think it's anything too serious, but it's pretty scary there when he's coughing up blood."

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said there was no timeline to Wisniewski's return.

The Ducks won the game 2-1 to take a 2-1 series lead over Detroit in the Western Conference semifinal series.

With files from the Associated Press