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NHL notebook: Blues' Shattenkirk talks about injury for first time

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Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues competes during the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay event at Nationwide Arena on January 24, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)

Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues competes during the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay event at Nationwide Arena on January 24, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)

Kevin Shattenkirk called it an innocent play.

The St. Louis Blues defenceman has been out of the lineup since Feb. 1 when he tore his right groin and abdominal muscle while being tangled up with Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.

“It was a weird play,” Shattenkirk told Wednesday. “I just kind of bumped Ovechkin and fell down. I tried to get up, and as I was sliding, my toes seemed to get caught in the ice and open my leg up as my body was still moving. I just felt a pop and instant pain in my belly and in my groin. I knew right away something was really bad. I’ve had little tweaks before, but this one felt instantly like something was wrong.”

Shattenkirk, who has missed the last 17 games after having abdominal surgery, is considered week-to-week. There is no set date for his return but he has started skating again.

“Yeah, it feels on track,” he said. “We’re kind of taking it on a week-to-week basis. This Thursday, I believe, will be five weeks out. It’s just going by the protocol and following it. I think as I talk to the doctors, and we kind of see how I’m feeling and what next steps we can take, that’s all you can really do. But I’m pushing for the six-week mark and I want to make that mark.”


New York Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy is expected to miss two weeks with an upper-body injury, according to a source at Newsday.

Leddy was likely injured on a hit in Monday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 23-year-old blueliner sat out Tuesday’s game against the New York Rangers after not missing a contest since the 2010-11 season, ending his ironman streak at 320 games.

Leddy has 10 goals, 29 points and a plus-17 rating in 68 games this season, his first with the Isles after beginning his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks.


Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo likely will miss a third straight game, according to reports Wednesday.

The veteran netminder worked out on his own, but wasn’t on the ice at practice.

Luongo sustained a shoulder injury March 3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He left the game but later returned after backup Al Montoya sustained a groin injury that has him out for several weeks.

Dan Ellis, who is 1-0-1 since his recall from San Antonio of the AHL, is expected to make a third straight start Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets.


The Dallas Stars may decide to punish centre Cody Eakin for a second straight game.

Eakin was a healthy scratch Tuesday in the Stars’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers for what head coach Lindy Ruff termed team discipline.

And heading into Thursday’s matchup in Carolina, the 23-year-old Eakin is being listed as a game-time decision, according to official team blog Stars Inside Edge.

Eakin has 15 goals and 30 points in 63 games this season.


David Krejci’s return from a partially torn MCL in his left knee is getting closer.

The Boston Bruins centre, expected to miss four-to-six weeks, was on the ice for the second straight day Wednesday working on his skating and some shooting drills at the team’s practice rink. He has been out of the lineup for almost three weeks.

“It’s part of the healing process, so being on the ice is a good sign,” head coach Claude Julien told the Bruins official website. “But he’s not ready to be in our lineup.”

Krejci has appeared in 38 games in a season riddled with injuries.


Mike Brown’s return from a leg injury is nowhere on the horizon for the San Jose Sharks.

The fourth-line winger broke a bone in his right leg on Dec. 9 against Edmonton after he hit the boards hard taking a run at Oilers forward Matt Hendricks.

Although Brown has skated on his own, he has yet to practice with the team.

“He hasn’t even participated yet in any type of team activity,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan told Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. “It’s looking bleaker and bleaker for him as far as coming back and getting his game in order to have an impact. But, we’re still going to work with him. We want him back in the lineup, but Mother Nature sometimes dictates which way that goes, too.”

Brown also broke his finger in the Sharks’ second game of the season. He has appeared in only eight games this season, registering no points and 13 penalty minutes.

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