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Avalanche wing Corbet injured against Detroit

December 18, 1996

DENVER (AP) _ Colorado right wing Rene Corbet was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after being checked against the boards in the Avalanche’s game Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

Corbet fell hard to the ice after being hit by Detroit’s Aaron Ward. Corbet lay motionless on the ice for about 10 minutes, but team officials said he had full movement in his body.

Corbet needed 10-12 stitches to close a small cut on his head. He also suffered a minor concussion.

Ward was not given a penalty for the hit, which came just after Colorado had been whistled for an offside penalty.

Colorado also lost defenseman Alexei Gusarov early in the final period when Martin Lapointe pushed him head-first into the board. Gusarov appeared to lose consciousness, and blood spread onto the ice.

Lapointe was given a five-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Animosity between the Avalanche and Red Wings has been high ever since Claude Lemieux shoved Detroit center Kris Draper into the boards in Game 6 of last year’s Western Conference finals.

Draper needed major reconstructive surgery on his face and Lemieux was suspended for the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals.

The injuries to Corbet and Gusarov are the latest for Colorado, which was playing without front-line players Peter Forsberg (bruised thigh), Lemieux (torn abdominal muscle) and Stephane Yelle (hip flexor).

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