ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Joffrey Lupul thought he would be out for several weeks after back surgery last year. Those weeks stretched to months when the surgery resulted in an infection.
Yet three days shy of a year after the right wing last skated for the Anaheim Ducks, Lupul returned to the ice Sunday night, determined to put the ordeal behind him.
The three-time 20-goal scorer's career nearly ended due to complications after surgery to fix a herniated disk in his back. He developed a blood infection during his second surgery, requiring months of antibiotics and rest before he could get back in NHL shape.
He's finally healthy and ready to provide offensive help for the Ducks, who haven't seen his best since reacquiring him before last season.