RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour likely will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a collision early in Thursday night's 4-2 victory against Pittsburgh.
General manager Jim Rutherford said Brind'Amour will undergo reconstructive surgery and will miss four to six months. The Carolina captain, who entered with a team-leading 51 points, was sandwiched by the Penguins' Nathan Smith and Georges Laraque near the boards at the center line just 1 1/2 minutes into the game.
He fell to the ice, skated to the bench and then grimaced as he was taken into the dressing room. He did not return.
Brind'Amour, who has 19 goals and 32 assists for the Hurricanes, is the team's second key offensive threat to suffer a serious knee injury. Forward Justin Williams is expected to miss at least two more months after tearing his ACL in December.

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