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Ducks' Blake out for three months

Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 1:43 AM / News

NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks forward Jason Blake is expected to miss approximately three months because of a deep laceration just above his left wrist, the team announced Saturday.

Blake was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center with a lacerated left forearm after he was cut midway through the third period of Friday night's 1-0 victory against San Jose. He was released from the hospital Saturday morning, but he has tendon damage and will need surgery. It will be performed Monday by Dr. David Hay at Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

Blake fell to the ice after a faceoff and appeared to be cut by the skate of Sharks defenseman Brent Burns. Coach Randy Carlyle said after the game the cut was "severe."

"Jason is resting at home and doing very well," said Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray in a statement. "This was an unfortunate, freak accident, but we are pleased to hear that Jason is expected to make a full and complete recovery. He's a real character person and teammate, and we look forward to having him back in our lineup when he's ready."

Blake, 38, has no points in three games this season after scoring 16 goals and adding 16 assists in 76 games last season. He has 206 goals and 474 points in 828 games with the Kings, Islanders, Maple Leafs and Ducks. Blake's best season came in 2006-07, when he had 40 goals and 69 points with the Islanders.

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