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Newz Forum: HOCKEY: Jason Blake out with sprained ankle

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posted on Mar, 27 2004 @ 09:38 AM

Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Islanders forward Jason Blake will miss at least a month after spraining an ankle in New York's victory over Philadelphia.

Blake has a high ankle sprain that limited him to six shifts totaling just over four minutes of ice time against the Flyers on Thursday.

Islanders coach Steve Stirling said after the 4-2 win that Blake was day to day, but instead New York's second-leading scorer will likely be out well into the second round of the playoffs, if the team gets that far.

Blake, who has 22 goals and 47 points in 75 games this season, wasn't the only player to go down Thursday.

Backup goalie Garth Snow lasted just one period before he was forced out by a groin injury that will sideline him for seven to 10 days.

Snow got his first start since March 2 because Rick DiPietro didn't make the trip to Philadelphia due to the flu. Wade Dubielewicz, recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Wednesday, played the final two periods and stopped all 14 shots he faced in his NHL debut.

Top defenseman Roman Hamrlik also has an ankle injury, the result of being struck by a shot. The Islanders said Friday that he is day to day.

And New York will be doubly short on defense as the Islanders announced that Alexander Karpovtsev voluntarily left the team for personal reasons and will not return. Karpovtsev, New York's lone acquisition at the March 9 NHL trade deadline, missed the previous five games because of a bruised leg.

To fill Blake's roster spot up front, the Islanders recalled rugged forward Steve Webb from Bridgeport. Webb, who spent his first seven NHL seasons with the Islanders before leaving in the offseason, was reacquired from Pittsburgh the day before the trade deadline.

DiPietro is on the mend. He practiced with the team on Friday and will play Saturday night at home against Carolina.

New York, the eighth place team in the Eastern Conference, is closing in on its third straight playoff appearance. The Islanders have won six of seven, opening an eight-point lead over Buffalo and closing within four points of seventh-place Montreal entering play Friday.


posted on Mar, 27 2004 @ 11:23 AM
with balke out for a month it could hurt them in the playoffs, his speed and his presence


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