Hemsky walks away with wounded wing

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers paid a price for last night's 3-2 overtime loss, and the tab wasn't just a blown point, it was high-scoring right winger Ales Hemsky.

Already without injured forward Ethan Moreau and defenceman Steve Staios, the Oilers lost Hemsky midway through the first period with a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the game.

Hemsky, 23, is out with what's only being called a right shoulder injury, pending further assessment by team medical staff. He left the arena with his arm in a sling.

"I haven't heard, other than it's petty severe, according to the medical staff," said coach Craig MacTavish. "We'll have an opportunity to assess it overnight."

The Oilers were on a power play with Anaheim's Travis Moen in the penalty box for holding when Hemsky was injured on a high hit by Sean O'Donnell. He skated off favouring his right shoulder and didn't return with just four shifts and 3:44 of ice time in the books.

- Shawn Horcoff suffered a lacerated finger in the first period on a blocked shot, but returned.

- Marc-Andre Bergeron missed the morning skate with the flu, but was alongside partner Matt Greene when the puck dropped, although he played just 6:01 through the first 40 minutes before taking a spot on the bench in the third period.

DATE FOR NO. 11: Mark Messier will be joining Wayne Gretzky and the gang in the rafters at Rexall Place Feb. 27.

The Oilers are expected to make an announcement in coming days that they'll retire Messier's No. 11 with Gretzky and the Phoenix Coyotes in town, lifting his linen alongside the retired numbers of the Great One (99), Grant Fuhr (31), Jari Kurri (17), Paul Coffey (7) and Al Hamilton (3).


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