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KINGS / DUCKS REPORT

Hebert's Shoulder Still a Problem

March 10, 1998|ELLIOTT TEAFORD

Goaltender Guy Hebert's strained right shoulder was so swollen Monday that an MRI could not be performed. The Ducks recalled Tom Askey from Cincinnati of the American Hockey League to back up starter Mikhail Shtalenkov.

"I got it checked out [by the medical staff] this morning and it wasn't any better than [Sunday]," Hebert said. "I've got to get it to where the pain is tolerable."

Hebert suffered the injury before the 17-day Olympic break, but was a little hazy on precisely when. He knows he aggravated it during a 6-2 loss March 1 to the St. Louis Blues, and injured it again in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's sore and every time I hit it it hurts again," Hebert said. "I'd really be making it worse by playing. I wouldn't be able to use my right hand as well, so I couldn't stick handle with the puck very well. I'd really be limited as to what I could do.

"It's really all about how I feel, how much the swelling goes down. It's day to day. I'm not looking at being out anything more than a couple of days. It's one of those wait-and-see things."

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