Stars' Spezza on injured reserve after crashing hard into boards
DALLAS – Stars forward Jason Spezza was placed on injured reserve Friday, a day after he crashed headfirst into the boards and left a game against Colorado.
Spezza, 32, was injured in the second period Thursday night on a hit by Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin after scoring earlier in Dallas' 4-3 overtime victory. There is no timetable for his return.
Spezza is third on the Stars with 18 goals and tied for fourth with 40 points in 52 games, including five game-winning goals.
The Stars called up forward Radek Faksa from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Friday.
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