Michalek doesn't regret playing hurt

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

Milan Michalek tried to play through the pain.

After getting reinjured in the Senators' 5-4 victory over the Penguins in Game 1 Wednesday, Michalek will have surgery in a couple of weeks to repair a torn ACL he originally suffered on March 18 against the Atlanta Thrashers.

“It felt bad. I knew it was over,” said Michalek, speaking about the injury for the first time before Game 2 against the Penguins Friday at Mellon Arena.

“It’s disappointing for me. I got injured a month ago. I tried to come back and tried to work hard,” the 25-year-old native of the Czech Republic added. “I got hurt again the other day and it feels bad now.”

Michalek, who put up 34 points (22G-12A) in 66 regular-season games, tried to gut it out for the good of the team.

“They asked me if I would try (to rehab and play with the injury). I said, ‘Sure, it’s the playoffs.’ That’s what you play for. I tried it and it felt good, but one guy from Pittsburgh fell on my knee and it tore the whole (ACL).”

Michalek came to the Senators in September in the trade that sent Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks.

Ryan Shannon took Michalek’s spot in the lineup for Game 2 on Friday. Shannon, 27, had five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 66 regular-season games, mostly seeing fourth-line duty.


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