Lecavalier out of worlds

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, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

TAMPA, Fla. -- Canada's entry at this year's world hockey championship can scratch Vincent Lecavalier from its wish list.

The Tampa Bay Lightning centre will undergo surgery to repair damage to his right shoulder.

Lecavalier was hurt Thursday. His shoulder was dislocated when he fell awkwardly after a hit by Washington's Matt Cooke.

Tests on Friday showed Lecavalier damaged the labrum of the right shoulder.

HABS WANT ALL THE FUN

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will play host to the NHL all-star game and the entry draft at the Bell Centre in 2009 as part of the club's 100th anniversary celebrations.

Bill Daly, the league's deputy commissioner, also confirmed that the Canadiens have asked to play a regular season game outdoors in the same week as the all-star game, although the NHL has yet to decide whether to give it approval.

S. THORNTON NEAR THE END

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Thornton, a 17-year NHL veteran who has played in Los Angeles the past two seasons, probably has played his final NHL game.

"I've tried to prepare for it. I still love to play, but I think it's time," Thornton said as he fought back tears following the Kings' loss to Anaheim yesterday.

His teammates had worn T-shirts featuring Thornton's No. 27 during the game.

PRONGER RETURNS TODAY

LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks captain Chris Pronger can return to play today after completing an eight-game suspension for stomping Vancouver forward Ryan Kessler in a game on March 12.


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