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Pavel Datsyuk injures shoulder in Red Wings' pre-season opener: report

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk left the ice late in the third period of Monday night’s 2-1 exhibition win over the hometown Pittsburgh Penguins after absorbing a hit from defenceman Rob Scuderi. Datsyuk reportedly suffered a shoulder injury.

Centre leaves game after Scuderi hit; collects 2 points in win over Pens

Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk, right, exited Monday night's pre-season game in Pittsburgh late in the third with a reported shoulder injury after being hit by Penguins defenceman Rob Scuderi. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. (Gary Wiepert/Associated Press/File)

Pavel Datsyuk, who missed 37 games last season, couldn’t make it out of the Detroit Red Wings’ pre-season opener unscathed.

The 36-year-old centre left the ice late in the third period of Monday night’s 2-1 win over the hometown Pittsburgh Penguins under his own power after absorbing a hit from defenceman Rob Scuderi.

Datsyuk didn’t finish the game and a Red Wings spokesman said the player suffered a shoulder injury and will be re-evaluated Tuesday, mlive.com reported.

Datsyuk’s power-play goal at 16:05 of the second period proved to be the winning goal. He also assisted on Tomas Tatar’s power-play marker in the first.

Entering his 13th NHL season, Datsyuk endured a concussion and injuries to his groin and knee last season.

In 45 regular-season games, he scored 17 goals and 37 points. He added five points in as many contests in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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