Posted on: March 28, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 10:12 pm
Los Angeles Kings forward Azne Kopitar will reportedly undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments caused by a high ankle sprain suffered Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Coach Terry Murray initially told reporters that Kopitar had a broken ankle that would keep the Kings’ top scorer out six weeks. (Here’s a look at the play where Kopitar was injured.) The diagnois apparently changed after an MRI Monday revealed more damage that will keep Kopitar off the ice until the middle of the summer, according Rich Hammond of lakingsinsider.com.
Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
"It's just going to be a good test for this young hockey club,” Murray told the website. "We'll be better when we come through it. There's no question about it. Guys are going to be in a higher situation, more important situation, and they'll grow immensely through this opportunity."
The Kings are already without Justin Williams, who could miss the rest of the season after he separated his shoulder a week ago. That leaves the Kings minus their two top scorers heading into the stretch run.
-- A.J. Perez
Photo: Associated Press
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 8:21 pm
The Los Angeles Kings are now without their two top scorers for several weeks.
Center Anze Kopitar broke his ankle during the Kings' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Kopitar got his skate caught on the ice as he battled along the boards with Avs defenseman Ryan O'Byrne. (A replay of the injury is below.) As he lost his balance, Kopitar's lower leg twisted awkwardly and he was unable to get up on his own.
King coach Terry Murray told reporters that Kopitar would be out at least six weeks.
"He's our best player. We’ve got to find a way either way," Kings captain Dustin Brown told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times. "Injuries happen during the year. You don’t want to have your best player go down, but if that’s the case, we’ve got to shoulder the responsibility collectively and find a way because no other team is going to feel sorry for us.
"It’s an opportunity for someone else to step up. It’s going to be tough to match Kopi’s play both defensively and offensively, and we’ve got to find a way. The staple of our game is defense, and he’s a big part of that when he’s on the ice. Ultimately it’s a five-man, six-man game for us."
Kopitar was assisted off the ice and went straight to the dressing room after the injury. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. He shares the team lead in goals with Brown (25) and leads in assists (48).
Justin Williams, second on the team in scoring, separated his shoulder in a game against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, an injury that could mean the end of his season.
-- A.J. Perez
Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: March 22, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 5:23 pm
The Los Angeles Kings will be without the services of Justin Williams for the rest of the regular season, although some reports claim that the 29-year-old forward won't be back for the playoffs either.
Kings coach Terry Murray told reporters Tuesday that Williams could return in three to four weeks if his recovery from a shoulder separation goes well, according to Rich Hammond of lakingsinsider.com. He suffered the injury via a check from Calgary's Robyn Regehr during Monday's game. Williams will attempt to rehab the shoulder before he opts for surgery.
TSN.ca and ESPNLosAngeles.com report, citing unnamed sources, that Williams is through for the season.
Williams, who won the Stanley Cup as a member of Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, is second the Kings in goals (22) and has 35 assists. He recently signed a four-year contract extension worth $14.6 million.
The Kings recalled Oscar Moller from the club’s AHL affiliate to take Williams’ spot on the roster.
-- A.J .Perez
Photo Getty Images