'Gumby' Stortini just has a sprain

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

It looked gruesome.

When Zack Stortini's injury was replayed on the big screen at Rexall Place on Friday, Edmonton Oilers fans let out a collective groan.

Seeing Stortini's leg bend awkwardly underneath San Jose Sharks forward Brad Staubitz, it appeared not to be a question of if it was broken, but how badly.

"Zack's got rubber legs," said coach Craig MacTavish.

"When we all looked at the replay, it looked as though something's got to break in that situation, but it didn't.

"That's good news, but he did strain his knee."

The injury occurred in the third period of the Oilers' 4-1 loss to the Sharks.

Stortini and Staubitz had squared off, shortly after the Edmonton forward had laid out Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi.

As Stortini was wrestled to the ice, his leg was pinned underneath Staubitz and bent in an ugly direction.

Following the game Stortini was seen in a knee brace on crutches on his way to the hospital. Initial diagnoses revealed no tears.

"I'm shocked," MacTavish said. "I'm absolutely shocked it wasn't a lot worse. He's going to be out for a while but that looked like (Joe) Theismann to me, getting his leg caught underneath him. He must have strong bones."

Due to the injury the Oilers may need to recall a player from their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

"We haven't had that discussion yet," MacTavish said. "But we'll get a final medical opinion. Sam (Gagner) left practice with an injury and Bobby (Robert Nilsson) got rattled a little bit at the end of the game last night, so we have a couple of issues that may demand we get someone else up here."

Gagner has been bothered by a nagging ankle injury which flared up yesterday at practice.

"It's just precautionary," Gagner said. "It's something that's been bothering me for a little while, but it's just precautionary.

"My skating is fine, going into battles I'm not really worried about it. Sometimes during a hard battle I'll go down and tweak it and the pain lasts for four or five seconds.."


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