Monday, May 3, 2010
Bruins' Sturm devastated by injury
By Joe McDonald ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Bruins forward Marco Sturm was clearly disappointed that he's going to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during his first shift in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday at TD Garden.
He walked from the team's training room to the podium in the press room Monday with the help of crutches and it was obvious he's devastated by this setback. Sturm missed the majority of last season with a similar injury to his left knee.
"I'm still speechless," he said. "After the ACL from last year, I just never thought there was going to be another injury like this. It's a tough one, but I always came back from big injuries and I'm going to do it again. But it's definitely tough."
Sturm explained he has to wait for the MCL to heal before having surgery to repair the ACL. It could be 4-6 weeks before the procedure. Drs. Peter Asnis and Thomas Gill, who performed the surgery on Sturm's left knee, will also do the surgery on his right knee.
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It was first thought Sturm suffered the injury when he hit the Flyers' Matt Carle into the boards on his first shift on Saturday. But Sturm admitted Monday morning he felt and heard something pop before he hit Carle.
"I don't know if it was a rut or just the way I pushed off," Sturm said.
Sturm has struggled offensively this season and entered Game 1 against the Flyers having scored only once in the previous 23 games. In order to try to give him a boost, Bruins coach Claude Julien put Sturm on the team's top line with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi.
It only lasted one shift before the injury occurred.
"You always want to be a part [of the playoffs] and to be injured, it's the worst part," he said.
Sturm's expected recovery time is around six months, which means he will miss the start of the 2010-11 season as well.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.