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Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

  • Teammates watch as Nashville Predators' Kevin Fiala, of Switzerland, is taken off on a stretcher during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Teammates watch as Nashville Predators' Kevin Fiala, of Switzerland, is taken off on a stretcher during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators' Kevin Fiala, of Switzerland, is taken off on a stretcher during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Nashville Predators' Kevin Fiala, of Switzerland, is taken off on a stretcher during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

Nashville general manager David Poile says Predators forward Kevin Fiala broke his left leg during Game 1 against St. Louis and is recovering from surgery to repair his femur.

Poile detailed Fiala's injury in a statement Thursday.

The general manager says Fiala had surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and will start rehabilitation when he returns to Nashville.

The 20-year-old Fiala was hit by Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Louis net at 1:46 of the second period Wednesday night. His injury led to a 17-minute delay while Fiala received medical attention. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher to the hospital.

Nashville won 4-3 for a 1-0 second-round series lead.

The 11th draft pick in 2014, Fiala scored two goals in the Predators' first-round sweep of Chicago.

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