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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Hurricanes' second-leading scorer will need three to four months to recover


Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that left wing Cory Stillman underwent surgery on his right shoulder this morning. Stillman is expected to need three to four months to recover from the procedure.

Dr. Douglas Martini performed the surgery this morning in Raleigh. Stillman completed his 11th NHL season and first with the Hurricanes in 2005-06, and ranked tied for first on the team in assists with 55, matching his career high. The Peterborough, Ont., native was tied for second on the team in points (76) and was seventh on the team in goals (21). Signed by Carolina as a free agent on Aug.2, 2005, Stillman spent much of the season playing alongside Hurricanes leading-scorer Eric Staal.

When the Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Stillman became the sixth player in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons with two different teams. He completed the postseason ranked second in the NHL in playoff scoring with 26 points, tied for fourth in playoff goals (9) and second in playoff assists (17). Among all NHL players in the 2006 playoffs, Stillman ranked tied for fifth in power- play goals (4), tied for fourth in power-play assists (7), tied for second in power-play points (11), tied for third in game-winning goals (3), tied for second in shots (75) and tied for fourth in plus/minus (+12).

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