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Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014.  (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014. (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore
Paul Stastny on the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014.  (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore Paul Stastny on the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014. (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore
Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014.  (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014. (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore
Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014.  (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014. (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Bryce Moore
Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014.  (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Picasa Paul Stastny is led from the ice following a collision in the season opener against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014. (Bryce Moore/HockeyStL) By Picasa

(HockeySTL)-- After a second-period scare in Thursday’s Blues’ season opener, Paul Stastny appears to be okay.

Stastny, who was making his regular-season debut with the Blues, was very close to sustaining a significant injury when he collided with New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi towards the end of the period.

At the time, the hit appeared to be knee-on-knee, but the forward said after Thursday’s game that his quad was actually what felt sore. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed to reporters on Friday that Stastny had a quad contusion.

The injury occurred on a zone-exit play. After beating Girardi, Stastny tried to skate past the defenseman, who proceeded to stick out his leg. Girardi’s right knee connected with Stastny’s left leg.

"That step-up play is dangerous," Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "Whether it's your player or somebody else's player, you're always fearful when a player steps up and then the angle changes. I'm sitting there looking at him on the ice thinking (torn) MCL, ACL. We're lucky that it was a quad contusion."

Stastny said he doesn’t believe Girardi had malicious intents when performing the hit.

“I (saw him) and went around him,” Stastny said. “He was beat so it’s just an honest player and a natural reaction and he was just trying to get a piece of me. What are you going to do?”

Following the hit, Stastny was slow getting to his feet and required some assistance from trainer Ray Barile to make it to the locker room. However, the forward did return for the third period and said after the game that he will be okay.

“It’s a little tender right now but it should be fine,” Stastny said.

 

That tenderness lingered into Friday and forced the Blues to hold Stastny out of practice for precautionary reasons. However, the forward will play Saturday against Calgary.

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