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Parise confirms twisted ankle in Game 4, says he’s OK

Jun 8, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

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According to Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Zach Parise confirmed he twisted his left ankle late in Wednesday’s Game 4 win over the Kings.

Parise also re-iterated that the ankle is fine.

“It just twisted a little bit, but it’s OK,” the Devils captain explained, before telling reporters he hadn’t watched replays of the incident.

“My brother watched it and he said, ‘I don’t know how you didn’t break it,'” he added.

The incident occurred late in the third period when Parise fell awkwardly into the boards. He was grimacing in pain upon leaving the ice, but did not miss a shift and participated fully in Friday’s practice.

Despite Parise’s claims of feeling fine, the actual condition of his ankle remains a mystery. Rosen reports Parise “did not have any noticeable swelling,” which contrasts a report from Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger claiming the ankle was “noticeably puffy.”

Parise is scoreless in the Stanley Cup finals and hasn’t recorded a point since Game 5 of the Rangers series.

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