Kings de­fense­man has surgery for cut on wrist

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) >> Los An­ge­les Kings de­fense­man Alec Martinez is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery to re­pair a cut on his right wrist.

Martinez had the ra­dial artery and two su­per­fi­cial ra­dial nerves re­paired af­ter they were cut by a skate in the third pe­riod of the Kings’ 4-3 over­time loss to San Jose on Mon­day night, the team said in a state­ment.

Martinez made a head­first dive to bat away a loose puck and was cut just above the glove by the skate of Melker Karls­son when the Sharks for­ward lost his bal­ance. Martinez was taken af­ter the game to Keck Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where the surgery was per­formed.

Martinez will be eval­u­ated weekly, but the team doesn’t know yet when he may re­turn.

Martinez, 32, has five as­sists in 24 games this sea­son. He has 61 goals and 134 as­sists in 580 games over 11 NHL sea­sons.

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