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Malhotra optimistic about recovery from eye injury @NHLdotcom

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra thanked the surgeons who saved his vision and said he is optimistic about his recovery from a left eye injury that has required two operations.

Malhotra, who hasn't spoken publicly since a deflected puck hit him in the eye during a March 16 game against Colorado, ending his season, released a statement on Wednesday through the team.

"I will forever be grateful to the incredible group of surgeons both in Vancouver and New York who performed two successful surgeries, to restore the vision in my eye," Malhotra said. "Although there is a lot of recovery and healing to take place, I am very optimistic for a good outcome."

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