Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fuhr Starts, but Finish Comes Early Netminder Hurt in 8-1 Loss; Knee Injury to Be Examined

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fuhr Starts, but Finish Comes Early Netminder Hurt in 8-1 Loss; Knee Injury to Be Examined

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Grant Fuhr's record-setting 76th game this season might be his last for a while.

Fuhr suffered what coach Mike Keenan called a "sublexation of the knee cap" 22 seconds into the second period of the Blues' 8-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

"In simple terms, the knee cap has moved off out of position," said Keenan, who estimated that Fuhr would be out only "a couple of days." Keenan lost patience when asked what would happen if his meal ticket was out longer than that. "I'd like to answer the question for you, but I'm not a doctor," Keenan said. "I was told he'd be out two days. It could be two weeks or two years. How do I know? "Maybe he's not going to be out for a while. If he is, we'll have to deal with it." If he is, the Blues might be in trouble. In addition to being the National Hockey League's record-setting workhorse in goal, starting all 76 games, Fuhr also has been spectacular in goal. He entered the game with a career-best 2.86 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. Fuhr is 30-27-14. He's the major reason the Blues are fourth in the Western Conference. "Being the iron man that he is, he's definitely worth his weight in gold," Glenn Anderson said. "It's tough when you lose someone of that caliber. No matter what position, especially in net." Blues players have been dropping. Brett Hull is out with a pulled hamstring. Shayne Corson has a broken jaw. Yuri Khmylev has a hamstring problem. Enforcer Tony Twist is out with a sprained ankle. Rob Pearson left the game Sunday with a neck and shoulder problem. Fuhr joined the others in sick bay Sunday. Wayne Gretzky and trainer Ray Barile had to help him from the ice. Later, Fuhr limped out of Joe Louis Arena without comment, saying he would be available today. Fuhr will be examined by Blues' doctors. What if Fuhr can't play? "We can't think about that right now," Gretzky said. "We have other important issues that we need to straighten out as far as our commitment to winning. "We can't worry about Grant, because injuries are something that need to be healed. We have to worry about getting our jobs done and finding a way to win. …

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