Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis was rushed to hospital after taking a puck to the face in the third period of Wednesday's win over the New York Rangers.

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"He took the shot in the mouth, just on the upper part of his mouth and lost some teeth," Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said.

"It's scary. It's a hard thing to take. He'll suffer with that for a little while."

With under eight minutes to go in the third period, the veteran defenceman took a puck in the face from close range off the stick of New York's Dan Boyle . He laid on the ice for a few seconds before leaving a trail of blood on his way to the locker room.

Hamhuis was expected to spend the night in hospital.