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Canadiens Left Wing Out Two Months

Canadiens Left Wing Out Two Months

December 20, 2000
By Tom Keppeler, Knee1 Staff

Montreal Canadiens left wing Martin Rucinsky left the active player list Tuesday, highlighting a string of bad luck for the beleaguered team.

Rucinsky's exit comes just one game after the return of team captain Saku Koivu in a season that has landed the Canadiens in last place, with the worst record in the National Hockey League, according to SportsTicker.

Koivu missed 28 games due to a tear in his medial collateral ligament. Rucinsky's sprain will keep him out at least two months, Ticker reported.

A strain occurs when a ligament is partially torn. Aside from being painful, a strain may require surgical repair. Rucinsky, in his sixth season with the Canadiens, has a long recovery ahead of him.

Straining a ligament is common among football and hockey players, and is often accompanied by a popping sound and swelling. If a strain is suspected, it should be treated immediately with Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE). The patient should also contact a doctor immediately.

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