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Red Wings' forward Tomas Kopecky might need surgery after fight

Saturday, 05.09.2009 / 4:08 PM / News

The Canadian Press

DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings G-M Ken Holland says forward Tomas Kopecky might need surgery after fighting in the Western Conference semifinals.

Holland said Saturday that initial indications on Kopecky's condition were "not good" and "it appears he'll need surgery" but the team is waiting for a final report.

Kopecky sustained facial injuries during a fight with Anaheim defenceman Francois Beauchemin in the third period of Detroit's 6-3 win in Game 4 that tied the series 2-2.

Game 5 is Sunday in Detroit.

Holland says defenceman Brian Rafalski and forward Kris Draper, both of whom have missed the series with upper-body injuries, might play Tuesday night in Game 6.

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This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens