If the Pittsburgh Penguins are to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, they will have to do it without Jordan Staal.
Staal underwent surgery Friday night to repair a severed tendon in his ankle and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs. It is the same injury that caused Andrei Markov to miss 35 games at the beginning of the season.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario native had two goals and two assists in seven games for the Penguins in this year's playoffs.
Staal had never missed an NHL game due to injury to this point in his career, having played 358 consecutive games.