Andy Andreoff didn’t return to the Kings’ 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night after absorbing a heavy punch from Kevin Bieksa immediately after engaging the Duck defenseman in a fight.
“I think if you’ve been in a lot of fights before, you don’t really celebrate the wins too much, because you know with the wins come the losses and fighting’s a tricking thing, right? It’s bare knuckles and I mean, I hope he’s okay,” Bieksa said after the game. “I’m glad to have won the fight, but I hope he’s okay.”
There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury, but a Kings spokesperson shared a note during the second period that he would not return to the game. The Kings have a day off Sunday, so the next update on Andreoff is likely to come Monday morning before the team travels to Detroit to open a four-game trip.
The fight was one of three in the first period. Also squaring off were Kurtis MacDermid and Mike Liambas, and Oscar Fantenberg and Andrew Cogliano.
In 22 games this season, Andreoff has one goal, two points and 36 penalty minutes.
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