Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski out for playoffs with face fracture

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Monday April 17th, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the rest of the postseason because of a broken cheekbone.

The Blue Jackets announced the decision Monday, one day after the 19-year-old rookie took a puck to the face on a shot by Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel that opened a gash on his right cheek in the second period.

He played a couple shifts in the third period with a full facemask, but his eye swelled shut and he had to sit out the rest of the game. He tweeted a photo of his face after the game that showed his eye nearly swollen shut.

Pittsburgh won the game 5–4 in overtime for a 3–0 lead in the teams' first-round series. Game 4 is Tuesday night.

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