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Shea Weber dislocated right kneecap on playoff hit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Predators captain Shea Weber is recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right kneecap, an injury that will take up to six weeks for a full recovery.

The Predators announced the injury Monday as players cleaned out their lockers following their first-round Western Conference playoff loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Weber spoke to reporters Monday while using crutches and said he hasn't seen what he called a harmless hit against the end boards that ended his season.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team Canada won the NHL's hardest shot competition at this season's All-Star Game weekend with a blast of 108.5 mph. His 26 minutes, 22 seconds of ice time per game ranked fifth in the NHL, a spot behind his defensive partner Roman Josi.