Hard-luck Stone in kneed of rehab

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

SAN JOSE -- Ryan Stone is going from walking wounded to just plain wounded.

He's been hobbling around on a sore knee since Christmas and it's finally given out on him, sending him to the sidelines to wait for an MRI and further treatment.

"It was getting sorer and sorer and after last game I pretty much couldn't put any weight on it," said the 24-year-old centre, who missed 19 games when he had the same knee scoped earlier this season, and had been back for 19 games before it became too painful to skate on.

"There was a fracture (in the cartilage) in the knee that we knew was going to be painful and might take up to a year to fully heal," he said.

"There might be some more damage to my miniscus. I think we're going to try to get an MRI next week, and we'll go from there."

The knee was never the same after the surgery, but it really started hurting in the last few weeks.

He's hoping he'll be back before the end of the season, but won't know till the pictures come back.

"There was pain and I didn't have the same jump that I had before," he said. "Last game it got really bad.

"If it's just another miniscus thing, then it's another quick surgery and however long to rehab."

Stone hurried back after the last surgery, pushing his rehab to the limits, but this time he'll take it a little easier.

"I think after the first one we rehabbed pretty hard on it, it was my first season in the NHL, I kind of wanted to get back, the excitement of it and all that stuff.

"I think this time around I'm going to be smarter and make sure."

Still waiting

Rookie goalie Devan Dubnyk, after back to back losses to star-studded opponents Pittsburgh and San Jose, is still looking for his first win after four NHL starts.

"It would be nice to get a win here one of these times," he said after stopping 32 of 36 in the latest defeat.

"The first one doesn't look good, I just tried to block the pass going across (and it deflected in off his own stick). You see those happen once in a while.

"The second one, I squared up, I was in the right spot, it just found a way through."

Late hits

To make matters worse on the injury front, defenceman Steve Staios left the game after Patrick Marleau fell on him.

"He got his bell rung again," said head coach Pat Quinn.

"I didn't even see it, but it seemed to happen on that one rush where he collided with (Patrick) Marleau. Maybe he banged his head on the ice or something. I'm not sure."

ROBERT.TYCHKOWSKI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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