Jason Spezza out of Stars lineup indefinitely with upper-body injury

The Dallas Stars, who entered play Friday three points behind the NHL Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks, have lost second-line centre Jason Spezza for an indefinite period with an upper-body injury.

2nd-line centre has 40 points in 52 games this season

Stars centre Jason Spezza, right, celebrates scoring his 18th goal of the season in the first period of Thursday night's game in Colorado. The Toronto native left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and didn't return. Spezza, who has 40 points in 52 games this season, will be sidelined indefinitely and was placed on injured reserve Friday. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

The Dallas Stars, who entered play Friday three points behind the NHL Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks, have lost second-line centre Jason Spezza for an indefinite period with an upper-body injury.

Spezza, 32, was hit into the boards by Colorado defenceman Francois Beauchemin in the second period of Thursday night's 4-3 overtime win. The Toronto native went down face-first and Beauchemin fell on him. Spezza skated off the ice but didn't return to the game.

Spezza, who was placed on injured reserve Friday, played seven minutes 25 seconds and opened the scoring at 1:31 of the first period.

His goal gave him 18 on the season and 40 points in 52 games. That put him on track for 63 points, one more than last season, his first in Dallas after 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators.

The six-foot-three, 220-pound forward has points in 11 of his last 15 games and had scored en every second contest since Jan. 16 for four goals in a seven-game stretch.

Dallas (33-14-5) carries a three-game win streak into Saturday's contest against the visiting Blackhawks (35-16-4), who have played three more games than the Stars.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.