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This April 2, 2013 photo shows Carolina Hurricanes hockey player Joni Pitkanen (25), of Finland, being taken off the ice on a stretcher with help from teammates Jiri Tlusty (19), far left, and and Tim Gleason (6), right, during the second period of an NHL game against the Washington Capitals in Raleigh, N.C. The Hurricanes say Pitkanen will miss the rest of the season with a broken heel. General manager Jim Rutherford disclosed the severity of Pitkanen's injury Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)
Photo by: Chris Seward
This April 2, 2013 photo shows Carolina Hurricanes hockey player Joni Pitkanen (25), of Finland, being taken off the ice on a stretcher with help from teammates Jiri Tlusty (19), far left, and and Tim Gleason (6), right, during the second period of an NHL game against the Washington Capitals in Raleigh, N.C. The Hurricanes say Pitkanen will miss the rest of the season with a broken heel. General manager Jim Rutherford disclosed the severity of Pitkanen's injury Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)

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