VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Markus Naslund of the Vancouver Canucks underwent surgery on his broken right leg Sunday.
Naslund, the Canucks’ captain and leading scorer, sustained the season-ending injury midway through the third period of Vancouver’s 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Naslund was thrown to the ice by Buffalo defenseman Rhett Warrener and fell awkwardly, his right leg twisting beneath him.
A rod was inserted into Naslund’s right leg during the two-hour procedure, which was performed by Dr. Bob Meek and Vancouver team physician Dr. Bill Regan.
``It was a clean break and it was managed effectively and immediately,″ Regan said. ``He should be absolutely fine and 100 percent recovered by next season’s training camp.″
Naslund scored a career-high 41 goals and had a career-best 75 points in 72 games.