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Habs' Markov, Pens' Staal injured in Game 1

Posted on: April 30, 2010 8:11 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:32 pm
By Erin Brown

Injuries claimed a pair of top players for the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1.

Montreal's Andrei Markov and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal both left with apparent lower body and injuries and did not return to action.

Markov, a key player on the Canadiens blueline and power play unit, left the game a little less than 12 minutes into the game after he was checked into the boards by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke . Markov remained on the ice for a few minutes before being helped back to the Canadiens locker room. He favored his right leg as he left the ice.

Montreal announced between periods the defenseman suffered an upper-body injury.

In the second period, Staal collided with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban at center ice. Staal's right skate twisted awkwardly, and when the center attempted to get up, he struggled to put weight on the foot. Staal tested it again on the bench, but headed back to the locker room.

NHL Network reported Staal left the arena on crutches.

Update: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and TSN report Staal underwent surgery Friday night to repair a severed tendon that runs across the top of the foot. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the media during Saturday's morning skate the center is day-to-day.

Staal's injury, however, is similar to what Markov suffered during the regular season. The Canadiens defenseman missed 35 games.
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