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Sharks' Sturm could miss rest of season

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San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - The San Jose suffered a major loss on Friday night, as forward severely injured his ankle. Sturm, who may miss the remainder of the season depending on the extent of the injury, was initially diagnosed with a fractured ankle. X-rays then suggested a possible dislocation, but that later became unclear.

The 25-year-old sniper will be re-evaluated by the ' team physician either Saturday night or Sunday.

The injury occurred during the first period of Friday night's contest against Colorado.

Sturm was chasing a loose puck when he was shoved into the end boards by defenseman . Sturm fell awkwardly and his leg crumpled under him. He was carried off the ice on a stretcher during the ' 5-1 loss to the Avs.

Sturm is a major reason why the are poised to make some noise in the Western Conference during the playoffs. He is currently second on the club in scoring with 21 goals and 20 assists in 63 games, good for 41 points. One of the team's fastest skaters, Sturm also leads the club with 10 power-play tallies.

San Jose is currently in first place in the Pacific Division and will travel to Dallas on Sunday to face the second-place .

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