Rangers center Zibanejad suffers broken leg
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[November 21, 2016]
(Reuters) - New York Rangers
center Mika Zibanejad will miss up to two months after suffering a
broken leg during a game against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Swede incurred a fractured left fibula when his foot
jammed into the boards and caused his leg to buckle after he had
tangled with Panthers forward Reilly Smith.
New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist said he felt the injury was bad
after he heard Zibanejad scream.
"He was in a lot of pain," Lundqvist said of his countryman and team
mate. "You could tell the way they make the sound, the noise, if a
guy is in pain or not."
The incident happened during overtime, before the Panthers won 3-2
in a shootout at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Earlier, Zibanejad scored his fifth goal of the season, in the
second period. He has 15 points in 19 games.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault expects to be without Zibanejad from
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Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and Calgary Flames left wing
Johnny Gaudreau (13) battle for the puck during the third period at
Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY
"Every team has injuries and we don't expect to be any different
than anybody else," he said.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by John
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