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MCL sprain sidelines David Booth for 4-6 weeks

Dec 7, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

Kevin Beiksa David Booth AP

It seemed like David Booth was finding his footing with the Vancouver Canucks, but he’ll instead find himself on the sidelines following an ugly knee-to-knee hit by Kevin Porter. Dan Murphy reports that Booth will miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain.

Booth seemed like he was developing some chemistry with Christopher Higgins and Ryan Kesler on the “American Express Line,” as he scored three points in the game before he was injured. Things aren’t looking up anymore as it appears that Booth and Higgins (foot infection) won’t be able to suit up for the Canucks for some time.

Porter is likely to have a talk with Brendan Shanahan after that hit, so Booth’s lengthy injury won’t help his cause. Officials gave Porter a five-minute major (kneeing) and game misconduct for his actions. Porter recently discussed that check with Mike Chambers of The Denver Post.

“It was an unfortunate play,” Porter said. “I felt I was leading into the hit, and he tried to make a move around me . . . We hit knee-on-knee and he took the worst of it. I hope he’s alright.”

Feel free to discuss the hit in detail here. Check out the video below if you want another look at the check.

  1. loinstache - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Really unfortunate considering the momentum of the line, but the optimist in me says this is a good chance for Vancouver to test the waters with all these small flighty forwards we’ve been brewing in the AHL, and for Raymond to get back into the game. Also Hansen has been huge already, and I can see him easily fill the void on the second line.

    Porter gets 2-3 (I say 2) as it was careless but not overly malicious.

    • Tristan - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      I up my thumb at your reasonable opinions.

  2. taytay099 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Imagine the controversy among Canucks fans if Shanny doesn’t suspend him.

    • chojamaru304 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:58 AM

      ???? What da heck is that suppose to mean? Dude gets taken out on a cheap hit for 4-6 weeks which has no place in the game, could have torn his MCL and you put this troll crap on the board?? Would it matter if it was the Bs or the Flyers? WTF??

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