Hockey Stuff: Canes’ Williams Faces Surgery

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OUCH | Williams likely lost after ACL tear

Justin Williams is likely lost for the rest of the regular season after suffering an ACL tear in his left knee during the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers Thursday.

The team made the announcement shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.

Williams, a right winger, was injured in the first period of the loss. The surgery will take place next week; recovery time is expected to be be four to six months.

The injury is a blow to the struggling Hurricanes. Williams has been an offensive catalyst for the Canes the last two seasons, but is in the midst of a 13-game goal drought and had scored just a single point in the previous five games. He’s scored nine goals and 21 assists in 36 games this season. His streak of 205 consecutive games – the 4th-longest in team history – comes to an end.

Carolina is currently without the services of defenseman David Tanabe and Chad LaRose, both of whom are recovering from concussions. Mike Commodore returned Thursday night after missing nearly a month with a broken finger. The Hurricanes on Friday called up forward Brandon Nolan from the AHL’s Albany River Rats. Nolan, the son of New York Islanders’ head coach Ted Nolan, leads Albany in goals (11) and is second in points (22) in 29 games this season. He’s the second son of a current NHL coach to play in the NHL this season – Brady Murray, son of St. Louis Blue head coach Andy Murray, is the other.

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