Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane was placed on long-term injured reserve after fracturing his left clavicle in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers.
Kane, whose 64 points this season is tied for the NHL lead, underwent surgery Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Blackhawks said in a statement that the All-Star wing is expected to be sidelined around 12 weeks, meaning he won't be available to the team unless it makes a deep playoff run.
"The procedure went very well and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks," said Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry.
Kane was cross-checked in the lower back by Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic at 7:49 of the first period. He stumbled and fell awkwardly into the boards, with his left shoulder appearing to absorb most of the impact.
Petrovic, who received a two-minute minor penalty, will not have a disciplinary hearing for the hit, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Kane leads the Blackhawks with 27 goals and 37 assists in 61 games this season.
The Blackhawks also recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from Rockford of the American Hockey League and assigned defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the AHL on Wednesday.
Teravainen, 20, has two goals and two assists in 15 games for the Blackhawks this season.
Van Riemsdyk has been recovering from surgery to repair a left patella fracture suffered in mid-November.