Avalanche defenseman Benoit takes a puck to the face (Updated)

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Andre Benoit took a puck to the face in the second period of Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

It occurred off a deflection. Benoit left the ice and headed to the Colorado dressing room, as per the team’s official Twitter account.

Benoit, 29, had eight assists in 19 games prior to tonight’s match-up against the Coyotes.

Updated: Benoit returned to the game later in the period after getting stitches, as per the Avalanche. The best part: he came back and scored his first of the season, which, at the time, put Colorado up a pair of goals.

It was a 2-1 hockey game at the end of two periods.