Koivu leaves game with eye injury, will consult specialist

MONTREAL -- Montreal captain Saku Koivu suffered an
unspecified eye injury Wednesday night during the second period of
the Canadiens' 2-1 overtime loss to Carolina.

Following the game, Canadiens GM-coach Bob Gainey said Koivu had
suffered an eye injury, including a cut around his left eye, and
that he will be re-examined Thursday -- if not sooner -- by team
opthalmologist Dr. John Little.

"I really don't know any specifics and I wouldn't know how to
explain it to you if I did," Gainey said. "When it's around the
eye I think it's wise and prudent that all caution be taken."

Koivu, who wears a visor, was bleeding from a cut in the area of
his left eye as he skated off the ice after he was clipped by
Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams' stick while cutting past
Carolina's net.

No penalty was called on the play.

Koivu had two assists in Montreal's two wins in Carolina and led
the Canadiens with 45 during the regular season. He finished with
62 points, three behind team leader Alex Kovalev.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in Montreal.