Jets’ Mathieu Perreault leaves game after crashing into boards

Winnipeg Jets' Mathieu Perreault (85) hits the boards after colliding with Anaheim Ducks’ Simon Despres (24) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 20, 2016. After laying on the ice, Perreault went to the locker room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault has left Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks after slamming his head into the boards.

With just under six minutes left in the second period and the Jets on the power play, Perreault attempted to corral the puck while skating backwards in the Anaheim zone. He lost his balance and fell back-first into the boards, with his head snapping back.

He remained on the ice for quite some time before heading to the locker room and was not on Winnipeg’s bench to start the third period. The 28-year-old has nine goals and 31 assists in 70 games this season.

Perreault is not the only player to have left the game, as earlier the Ducks announced forward David Perron would not return after suffering an upper-body injury of his own.

Perron was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Carl Hagelin on Jan. 16, and has put up 20 points in 27 games with Anaheim after managing just 16 points in his previous 43 games in Pittsburgh.