The Anaheim Ducks revealed Friday that forward Corey Perry will miss at least the next six weeks recovering from a deep laceration on his right leg.
Perry suffered the injury in Thursday's 1-0 loss to Colorado when Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore's skate accidentally nicked him in the leg. He was held overnight in a Denver hospital where he underwent successful surgery to repair a quad tendon laceration.
Winger Corey Perry, centre, is the Ducks' second-leading scorer this season with 54 points.
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The team said Perry, 22, was not in any serious danger and is expected to be released from the hospital by Saturday.
"Corey is doing very well this morning, thanks to both clubs' medical staffs," Ducks GM Brian Burke said Friday. "His injury is not career-threatening and we expect him back 100 per cent in approximately six weeks."
If Perry is out for six weeks, it will mean he would miss the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin the second week of April.
The loss of Perry for the rest of the regular season is a big blow for Anaheim. The native of Peterborough, Ont., is the Ducks' second-leading scorer this season with 54 points (29 goals, 25 assists).
With Perry out, the Ducks called up Bobby Ryan from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates.
"We look at him as a player who is still developing. He's been playing well in the American Hockey League and we'll see if he can make a contribution playing some offensive minutes," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
Forward Teemu Selanne said the team will have to bounce back.
"Perry has been a big part of this team the whole year and he's going to be missed. But a lot of guys are going to have to take more responsibility to fill that hole," he said.