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Comeau leaves with facial lacerations

Trainers attend to Blake Comeau #57 of the

Trainers attend to Blake Comeau #57 of the New York Islanders after he was boarded by Michael Ryder #73 of the Boston Bruins at the Nassau Coliseum. (March 6, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Blake Comeau's hot streak ended in Atlanta on Thursday. Injury was added to that insult Saturday.

Comeau left the Islanders' 3-2 loss to Boston with 3:54 left in the second period with facial lacerations after the Bruins' Michael Ryder hit him from behind.

Coach Scott Gordon said Comeau, who had six goals in three games before going scoreless against the Thrashers, did not appear to suffer a concussion on the play and will be evaluated again Sunday, when the Islanders are off.

Ryder got a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. He disagreed with the call and his coach, Claude Julien, was iffy as well on it.

"It's a touchy call," Julien said. "They've got to call those things, whether it's a two [minute penalty] or a five. But guys chip the puck in one way and then turn the other way right into the player coming after them."

Gordon did laud Comeau's play in the second, when Comeau had a shift in which he threw three good, clean checks, one that sent David Krejci to the ice. Comeau also had a great scoring chance when the game was tied at 1 that Tim Thomas turned aside.

Park: No distractions

Richard Park had this to say about the possible distractions of the past week: "In reality it shouldn't [affect our play]. Any time you have a media contingent around, sometimes things will get blown out of proportion. Those are things we shouldn't let creep into our room."

Isles files

Rookie D Dylan Reese had two good scoring chances in the second period, both set up by Rob Schremp, but then took a needless interference penalty that led to the Bruins' eventual game-winning goal by Marc Savard . . . The Islanders won just 16 of 46 faceoffs (35 percent).


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