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Blue Jackets' Gaborik breaks collarbone, goes on IR

Sunday, 12.22.2013 / 12:17 AM / News

By Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

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Blue Jackets' Gaborik breaks collarbone, goes on IR
The Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward Marian Gaborik on the injured reserve list Saturday night after he suffered a broken collarbone during the first period of a 6-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward Marian Gaborik on the injured reserve list Saturday night after he suffered a broken collarbone during the first period of a 6-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Gaborik will be out indefinitely.

Gaborik came off IR on Friday after missing 17 games with a sprained knee. He was sandwiched between Philadelphia players Braydon Coburn and Zac Rinaldo while taking a shot midway through the first period and appeared to be hit in the head by Rinaldo.

Teammate Nick Foligno picked up the rebound and fed Ryan Johansen, who scored at 10:43 to put the Blue Jackets ahead 1-0.

Gaborik, who got the second assist on the goal, got up slowly and immediately skated off the ice to the dressing room.

The 31-year-old has five goals and 12 points in 18 games this season.

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