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Marian Gaborik to miss World Cup final

Report: Kings forward out eight weeks with foot injury

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Forward Marian Gaborik will be out eight weeks with a foot injury, Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

The injury will also keep Gaborik, 34, out of Team Europe's lineup for the best-of-3 World Cup of Hockey 2016 final against Team Canada. Game 1 is Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Gaborik left Air Canada Centre on crutches and with his right foot in a cast Monday, Sportsnet reported. Team Europe GM Miroslav Satan said Gaborik took a puck to the foot during a 3-2 overtime win against Team Sweden in the World Cup semifinals Sunday and was being checked by doctors.

"Due to a lower-body injury suffered on Sunday, forward Marian Gaborik will not return to Team Europe's lineup," Satan said in a statement. "Marian was a very important part of Team Europe throughout the entire World Cup of Hockey and though he is leaving our group today, he remains a part of our team. We know he will be supporting us in the final against Team Canada and we wish him all the best in his recovery." 

Forward Mikkel Boedker, who has yet to play in the tournament, would take Gaborik's spot in Team Europe's lineup, but losing Gaborik would be a blow to its chances to upset Team Canada. Gaborik scored Team Europe's first goal in its semifinal win against Team Sweden and has two goals in the tournament.

"It's tough," Team Europe linemate Frans Nielsen said. "He's such a good player. He's a game-changer. He scores big goals and he's done that throughout his career. It will be tough if we lose him, but we've still got Boedker, who hasn't played yet, and we all know what a great player he is. Luckily, we've got good players who can step up, but it's tough to replace [Gaborik]."

The Kings open the 2016-17 regular season at the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12.

"Hopefully it's not as bad as they think," Kings forward Jeff Carter said. "Obviously, he's a big part of our team and a big hole to fill. We'll see where it goes and if he is out, it's an opportunity for some new guys to step up." correspondent Curtis Zupke contributed to this story

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