Canes' Gleason leaves after suffering head injury in first period

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason left Tuesday night's 2-1 overtime win against New Jersey in the first period with a head injury.

Gleason did not return, and the severity of the injury was not immediately known.

New Jersey center Michael Rupp delivered a hard check to Gleason in one corner of the Devils' attacking zone with 12:53 left in the period, and Gleason appeared to hit the boards face-first.

Gleason fell to the ice and later was helped to the bench by teammates Erik Cole and Glen Wesley because he seemed to have trouble skating.

Rupp was issued a 5-minute penalty for boarding, and later in the period fought Carolina enforcer Wade Brookbank.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.