Sharks’ Cou­ture out for 6 weeks

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Sharks cap­tain and lead­ing scorer Logan Cou­ture will miss about six weeks af­ter break­ing his left an­kle when he crashed into the boards.

Cou­ture was in­jured Tues­day night in a 3-2 loss to the Blues when he col­lided with de­fense­man Vince Dunn and banged into the boards. The Sharks said Thurs­day that Cou­ture has a small frac­ture in his left an­kle and is ex­pected to miss ap­prox­i­mately six weeks.

The in­jury is the lat­est blow in a tough sea­son for the Sharks, who be­gan Thurs­day in 13th place in the Western Con­fer­ence and nine points out of a play­off berth.

The Sharks have made the play­offs in 15 of the last 16 sea­sons but may have trou­ble get­ting back there with­out one of their best for­wards for a long stretch.

Cou­ture, 30, had been one of the few bright spots for the Sharks in his first sea­son as cap­tain. He has 14 goals, 22 as­sists and leads the team with 36 points.

“He’s a cat­a­lyst of our of­fense, penalty kill and ev­ery­thing,” in­terim coach Bob Bough­ner said af­ter the game Tues­day. “It’ll be a tough loss.”

Fly­ers’ Gostis­be­here out: Fly­ers de­fense­man Shayne Gostis­be­here will un­dergo arthro­scopic knee surgery Tues­day and be side­lined about three weeks.

Gostis­be­here, 26, suf­fered the in­jury Tues­day in an OT loss to the Hur­ri­canes.

The Fly­ers were al­ready with­out de­fense­man Justin Braun un­til af­ter the All-Star break be­cause of a groin in­jury.

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