If the Golden Knights were hoping for a routine preseason opener, that went out the window early on Sunday.
Captain Mark Stone was struck in the side of the head by a puck with 8:20 remaining in the first period and did not return to the Knights’ 4-2 loss to San Jose at T-Mobile Arena.
Defenseman Shea Theodore also missed all of the third period, while defenseman Brayden McNabb did not play the final 12 minutes.
Stone was battling in front of the net with Sharks defenseman Gannon Laroque when a shot from McNabb appeared to catch him in the right ear.
Stone immediately motioned for the trainer and laid on the ice while being attended to as the announced crowd of 17,077 watched in hushed silence. He then headed straight to the locker room.
Paul Cotter scored for the Knights in the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1, and Max Pacioretty added a power-play goal in the third period.
Jasper Weatherby and Adam Raska took advantage of turnovers by the Knights to score in the second period, and Logan Couture added a third-period goal. Alexander Chmelevski had a power-play goal in the first period for San Jose.
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