The San Jose Sharks will be without their captain for the foreseeable future.
Logan Couture went awkwardly into the boards on Tuesday while battling for the puck with St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn, fracturing his left ankle.
Immediately after crashing into the boards, Couture stayed down on the ice, visibly in pain.
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"They were able to see my ankle went in [to the boards] at a weird angle and figured that's what did it," Couture said after the injury news was reported Thursday. "It was just a weird play and he kind of nudged me a little bit when I wasn't expecting it and that's my own fault. I've got to protect myself a little more, hard into the boards like that. So I take responsibility for not protecting myself the proper way."
How long will Logan Couture be out?
Initial reports list Couture out "several weeks," but TSN's Pierre LeBrun estimates at least six weeks before his return.
"It's big-time concerning, even if it's just a couple games or whatever," Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said after the 3-2 loss. "He's a catalyst of our offense, penalty kill, and everything. It'll be a tough loss. ... When a guy like that goes down, everybody is very shocked."
Couture leads the team with 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 45 games this season.
Logan Couture injury timeline
The Sharks captain left with 12 minutes and 27 seconds left in the second period on Jan. 7 with a lower-body injury.
On Thursday, Jan. 9, the team announced Couture will be out several weeks with a small fracture in his left ankle that will be "continually reevaluated."
This article will be updated with injury news as it is made available.