Horcoff injury 'long-term'

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

EDMONTON - They lost the game, but even worse for the Edmonton Oilers was losing their captain Tuesday night.

Shawn Horcoff left the game in the first period after colliding with Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry, suffering a third-degree knee sprain that could keep him out for as long as two months.

“On the play, I just came across the blue line and I don’t know if he was trying to put me offside but his stick got caught up in between my legs and it was kind of like a can-opener. It popped right away,” said Horcoff, who remained on the ice for the following play, where he was on the receiving end of a Taylor Hall one-timer pass but couldn’t pull the trigger before limping to the bench. “At that point you don’t know. You get up, it’s sore. I took the faceoff and tried to finish the play but when I went to the net I tried to stop and the knee just – there was nothing.”

Horcoff will undergo an MRI Wednesday, which will give a clear picture of the extent of the injury and how long he will likely remain out of the lineup.

“It looks like it’s going to be long-term as far as we can tell. It could be upwards of eight weeks,” Oilers head coach Tom Renney said after the game. “It was looked at by two orthopedic surgeons in the back there and it’s an MCL, so it’s pretty significant.”

In the meantime, Horcoff is trying to remain positive.

“Hopefully there’s no surgery and you rehab it and it comes back,” he said. “They do say it’s a good injury to have, actually the ligament will come back stronger than it was before so if you’re going to do anything to your knee and face something like this, it’s probably the injury you want.

“It’s just going to give an opportunity for some guys who are down in the minors to come up and show their thing.”


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