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Islanders defenseman Streit out indefinitely

Sunday, 09.26.2010 / 5:45 PM / News
The New York Islanders' chances of returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 may have suffered a huge blow.

The team announced Sunday that Mark Streit, the team's No. 1 defenseman, will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury suffered when he crashed into the boards during a scrimmage at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday morning. Newsday is reporting Streit will miss six months after suffering a torn rotator cuff and labrum.

Streit, one of the Islanders assistant captains, has played the last two seasons on Long Island, totaling 27 goals and 105 points. In his first year with the Islanders, Streit led the team in scoring with 16 goals and 56 points. He also represented the team at the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal.

Last season, the native of Bern, Switzerland led all Islanders defenseman in scoring with 11 goals and 49 points. Streit, 33, was primed to be paired with James Wisniewski, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks this summer.


I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round