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Stars' Seguin was sidelined by calf injury

Dallas center limited to one game in playoffs after return from partially-cut Achilles tendon

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was sidelined for all but Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a lower-body injury.

On Friday, Seguin and Stars general manager Jim Nill revealed it was a calf injury Seguin had sustained that kept him out for most of the first round against the Minnesota Wild, a series Dallas won in six games, and the entire second round, when the Stars fell in seven games to the St. Louis Blues.

Seguin missed the final 10 games of the regular season after sustaining a partially-cut Achilles tendon late in a March 17 game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, when he was cut by Anton Stralman's skate when battling for the puck.

Seguin also missed Game 1 but returned for Game 2 against the Wild, when he had one shot in 15:40 of ice time.

"He came back that first game and severely injured his calf muscle," Nill said of Seguin. "We knew that was going to put him out for four-to-six weeks. He was getting close to coming back, just feeling good here the last week, and we hoped to have him for the next series."

Video: Seguin answers questions from the media

Seguin also missed time late last season with a knee injury, but this absence was especially hard because it kept him out of what he plays for, the postseason and a shot at the Stanley Cup.

"Probably the toughest time of my career I would say, being away from the rink," Seguin said. "Just two months of trying to find a fine line between supporting the guys and also not being a distraction and making sure they can do their jobs. Being injured, timing [stinks]. So it wasn't fun."

This season, Seguin was second on the Stars with 73 points (33 goals, 40 assists).

Seguin's absence wasn't felt much in the first round against the Wild, when Dallas scored 17 goals in six games. Against the Blues, however, the Stars scored 14 goals in seven games, including two one-goal performances, the last coming in a 6-1 loss in Game 7 at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

And seeing his teammates struggle to score goals made sitting out even tougher for Seguin.

"I wanted to be back out there so badly, but there wasn't really any much talk of me playing against St. Louis," Seguin said. "Over the last few days and really the day before Game 7, I got the first [timeline], [I] could be 10 days away. Until then, there wasn't much of a timeline given to me."

Seguin's absence might have been most felt on the power play, with Dallas going 2-for-20 (10 percent) with the man advantage against the Blues. This season, Dallas had the fourth-best power play in the NHL at 22.1 percent.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff could have used Seguin, especially early in Game 7, when several of his players misfired on close-range chances which would have changed the complexion of the game.

"Well, I'm going to tell you if you give Tyler [Seguin] a couple of those opportunities that some of our players had, he doesn't miss," Ruff said. "That's just what he is, he's a dynamic goal scorer, and he doesn't need five chances to score one. He's done it for the three years he's been here."

Seguin will continue rehab on his calf and likely will be fully healed by the time the Stars open training camp in September, when Seguin also will play for Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

"Motivation's huge [for getting healthy this offseason]," Seguin said. "This offseason's going to be a little different with that World Cup stuff happening and with being injured, continuing rehab. I'm really working very hard on that [getting my calf working] probably starting next week and getting it back to 100 percent."

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