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McDavid won't need surgery after PCL tear in left knee, Oilers say

Center, injured in final game of regular season, expected to be ready for training camp @NHLdotcom

Connor McDavid will not need surgery for a small PCL ligament tear in his left knee sustained in the Edmonton Oilers season finale, and is expected to recover in time for training camp next season.

"The Oilers medical staff, in collaboration with top orthopedic specialists, have determined a rehabilitation protocol for Connor McDavid, which will begin immediately," Edmonton said in a statement Friday.

X-rays of the center's left leg were negative; results of an MRI revealed the ligament tear.

"It seems to be fairly positive right now," McDavid said April 7, the day after he was injured. "I was just worried about standing up. I thought my leg was going to give way. To be completely honest, I thought my leg was in two pieces when I was sitting on the ice. Thankfully, the bone is OK, and thankfully I was able to get up and with a lot of help I was able to get off [the ice]."

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McDavid was injured 3:42 into the second period of the game against the Calgary Flames. He was coming up the right wing when he was taken down by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and collided with the goal post behind goalie Mike Smith.

"I've never had a lower-body injury before, it's something new for me," McDavid said. 

McDavid had 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists) this season, second in the NHL to Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning (128 points; 41 goals, 87 assists).

Edmonton (35-38-9) did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. correspondent Derek Van Diest contributed to this report

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