Kings defenseman has surgery for cut on wrist
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.