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Detroit's Kopecky to miss up to 3 months after surgery

CHICAGO -- Detroit rookie forward Tomas Kopecky broke a
collarbone in the opening minute of the Red Wings' 3-2 victory over
Chicago on Thursday night and is expected to miss up to three
months following surgery.

The 24-year-old center will undergo surgery on Friday, the Red
Wings said.

"That's a big blow for that kid," Detroit coach Mike Babcock
said. "It's unfortunate for him because he's really getting
better."

Kopecky, who has one goal in 27 NHL games, lost his footing and
hit the boards as he approached the Chicago blue line. Blackhawks
defenseman Jim Vandermeer then fell on top of him.

The Red Wings center was motionless on the ice for a few minutes
before being helped to the dressing room by members of the Detroit
training staff.