Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was on the receiving end of a nasty-looking high stick from Anaheim Ducks centre Derek Grant Friday.

Grant, in an apparent attempt to lift MacKinnon’s stick, caught the 2013 first-overall pick underneath the visor with the blade of his stick midway through the opening period during a Colorado power play.

MacKinnon immediately fell to the ice near the Anaheim net where he looked to be in considerable pain. He was clutching the area near his right eye as medical staff attended to him. There were some spots of blood visible on the ice where MacKinnon went down.