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TORONTO - Connor McDavid will be out five to six weeks with a fractured bone in his right hand, an injury that could put his participation for Canada in the world junior championship in doubt. The Erie Otters announced Wednesday afternoon that McDavid suffered a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone in a fight Tuesday night with Mississaugas Bryson Cianfrone when he missed and hit the top of the boards. The fractured bone extends from the base of the pinkie finger to the wrist. McDavid will not require surgery. The 17-year-old junior hockey phenom saw a hand specialist in Toronto after X-rays after Tuesdays game were not definitive. Six weeks from Wednesday falls on Dec. 24. We kind of thought that there was a chance it would be like that, Otters owner and general manager Sherry Bassin said in a phone interview. We were hoping theyd say four. McDavid will almost certainly miss Canadas world junior camp in mid-December. Hockey Canada must finalize its roster for the tournament Dec. 25, and the team plays its first game Dec. 26 in Montreal against Slovakia. Bassin told Hockey Canada he was confident McDavid would be ready to play in the tournament. Lets be honest, hes one of the best players in the world, Bassin said. Theyre pulling for him. They want him to be ready, all of Canada wants him to be ready. The whole country that follows hockey wants Connor McDavid to be ready. Reached by phone at his hotel in Regina before official word of a time frame, Canadian world junior coach Benoit Groulx said its too early to know about McDavids status for that tournament. He said Hockey Canada would stay in touch with the Otters and continue to monitor the situation There is several weeks before world juniors, so its too early to know, Groulx said. We hope that hell be able to be there, but I dont have that answer yet. Groulx said this isnt the first time the program has dealt with an uncertain injury situation. At the Olympic level, Hockey Canada wasnt sure if Steven Stamkos would play in Sochi after he broke his leg a year to the day of McDavids injury. McDavid was set to play for Team OHL in Thursdays Super Series game against a Russian junior team in Peterborough, Ont., but was removed from the roster as expected. Him being able to play in the world junior tournament is the bigger question. Is this bad timing for Hockey Canada? It is, Groulx said. Well see how it plays out. The day before a game in Buffalo, N.Y., last month, McDavid said he didnt consider himself a lock to make Canadas world junior team despite being a sure bet to go first in the draft and playing last year at the age of 16. Bassin explained that at the time as an example of McDavids humility. But he also wasnt buying it. If he isnt a lock to be on the world-junior team, I want to see that team play because if theyve got 20 players better than him, they dont even have to play in the tournament, Bassin said. If theyve got 20 players better than him, they should give them the gold medal on Christmas Day. McDavid, who wears the C for Erie, is considered among the candidates to be Canadas captain. The Newmarket, Ont., native leads the Ontario Hockey League with 16 goals and 35 assists in just 18 games this season. The Otters lead the Western Conference with a 16-1-1 record. His injury ignited debate around hockey about whether star players should be fighting. This was officially McDavids second fight of the season, though he did not throw any punches. Thats in line with Otters protocol for McDavid, which Bassin said in multiple radio interviews was for him to hug opposing players and wrap them up rather than throw punches. We didnt instruct him not to fight, Bassin said on the phone. This is an action with a reaction. Popular CBC personality Don Cherry, normally a fan of fights, said on Global News that theres no way (McDavid) shouldve ever been fighting. He added that when he coached the Boston Bruins he wouldnt allow star defenceman Brad Park to drop the gloves. Current Boston coach Claude Julien said McDavid would have been praised for fighting had he not been hurt. I dont think this is a guy that goes out and does it all the time, Julien said at the Bruins morning skate before their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Those things are going to happen, unfortunately. For a guy like him, hes trying to show that hell do whatever it takes to be a help to his hockey club. Leafs centre Nazem Kadri, himself a top prospect in the OHL a few years ago, knows what its like to get targeted. He called McDavids injury a freak accident. Obviously its unfortunate that that happened, Kadri said. Good for him for standing up for himself. ... You dont like to see it, but theres that compete level, especially in every young star, that enoughs enough and youre sick and tired of getting abused. Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said the key was not to get caught up in fighting but that its what happens in hockey and you deal with it. Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg said it was up to McDavid to decide to fight. Im sure he could have got out of it if he wanted to, but sometimes the ego takes over, and you just dont think about getting hurt, Seidenberg said. I mean, Im not a fighter, but once in a blue moon it happens. And you just dont think about getting hurt. McDavids injury hurts the Otters in the immediate future and could put a dent in Canadas chances of ending its world-junior gold-medal drought. But Bruins forward Milan Lucic isnt worried about McDavid in the long term. To be perfectly honest I dont think its really going to hurt his chances of going first or second in the draft, Lucic said. Hes got a long time still to recover and to get himself back to finish off the year. Hydro Flask 40 OZ Danmark . - Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery was so busy in free agency he didnt mind having a few extra weeks to prepare for the draft. Hydro Flask 18 OZ Danmark . Viewers in the Canadiens region can watch the game on TSN Canadiens at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The game can also be heard on TSN Radio Montreal 690. The Calgary Flames will see if they can take their recent hot streak on the road when they shoot for a sixth consecutive win Monday night in Montreal. . At this point, even he isnt sure when it is going to stop. The right-hander dropped his fourth straight decision in Los Angeles 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, leaving his status very much in doubt as the Dodgers prepare for the stretch drive. Hydro Flaske Tilbud . Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that the team is quietly gauging interest on the Senators captain, though Spezza has a limited no-trade clause and carries a large contract. Hydro Flask Gul . LOUIS -- Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks won the matchup of unbeaten teams.INDIANAPOLIS -- Big Roy came up with a big answer for his critics and his teammates Wednesday night. He played like an All-Star when the Pacers really needed it. After 48 hours of questions and criticism, Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and altered a handful of others to help the Pacers get even in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 86-82 victory over Washington. Hibbert sounded more relieved than redeemed. "David (West) always talks to me about being the person that rescues yourself when youre in the middle of the ocean," Hibbert said after Indiana tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1. "Theres nobody who can throw a lifesaver or a rope out to help you. So I had to do it myself." The next step is proving he can play this way again Friday when Washington hosts Game 3. Hibbert went into Wednesday with a combined total of 37 points and 24 rebounds in Indianas first eight playoff games. Twice in the previous four he failed to score a point or grab a rebound. Beleaguered Pacers fans wanted Hibbert benched. Frustrated teammates talked publicly and privately about needing more from their 7-foot-2 centre. Critics turned Hibbert into the butt of jokes and on the Internet, some even tried to explain Hibberts incredible disappearing act with unseemly speculation. After talking to his old college coach, John Thompson III, and Colts linebacker Robert Mathis, a close friend, Hibbert blocked out the inescapable firestorm, focused on basketball and fueled the decisive 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter. It was enough to put repeated smiles on Hibberts face, even if he considers it only a start. "I just want to string a few games together," he said. "Consistency hasnt been my biggest friend this year. Im going to try to continue to play aggressive and Im going to try to control the things I can control. I cant control play calls, but I can control how hard I play, how fast I run down the court and how well I play defence." George Hill finished with 14 points, Paul George had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Lance Stephenson added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. And for the first time this post-season, the Pacers held an opponent to fewer than nine 3-pointers. Washington finished 5 of 21 from behind the arc, the lowestt percentage (23.dddddddddddd) in the playoffs this year. Much of the credit went to Hibbert, who helped open up the offensive lanes for his teammates and protected the rim well enough that Indiana could spread out and defend the perimeter. "Hes got our attention now," Drew Gooden said. "Weve got to be focused on guarding the Roy Hibbert we know." It was a lost opportunity for the Wizards, who had won their first four playoff games on the road -- three at Chicago and Monday night at Indy -- and could have gone home with a commanding 2-0 lead. They had chances. Washington led by as much as six early in the third quarter and rallied in the fourth to take a 77-74 lead with 5:01 to go before Hibbert and George scored six straight to give the Pacers the lead for good. Marcin Gortat finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley Beal had 17 points and Nene added 14. "He came out with a lot of intensity and established position," Beal said. "We didnt play our best game. We didnt shoot the ball and we didnt defend like we know were capable." But Hibbert changed this game almost by himself. He scored the first five points of the game, an indication that things were going to be different, and he came up big late, too. Hibberts nifty stop-and-go layup got the Pacers within 77-76. That basket ignited the decisive 6-0 spurt. Georges steal on the ensuing possession led to a layup from Hill that gave Indiana a 78-77 lead, and Hibberts presence in the middle allowed George to find a lane for a two-handed dunk that made it 80-77. All the Wizards could muster after that was an alley-oop layup from Gortat and a long 3-pointer from Beal that got the Wizards within 84-82 with 11 seconds to play. West made two free throws and Hibbert sealed it by grabbing the last rebound of the game. "He carried us tonight," West said. "I thought he was very relaxed before the game. He was relaxed this morning. He didnt say a whole lot, but as a professional, I think everything just came down on him and he responded the right way." Notes: Hibbert was 10 of 13 from the field and made all eight of his free throw attempts.... Nene went to the locker room in the first quarter after apparently hurting his left leg or ankle but returned early in the second quarter and finished the game. ' ' '

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